WHAT TO BUY WHEN YOU'RE IN KK CITY
Sabah is known for its colorful and intricate handicrafts that range from the simplest of souvenir items like keychains, pencils, mobile phone casing and wooden notebook to practical items like woven traveling bags, carved wooden cutlery sets, jewelries and so much more! Make your way to Kota Kinabalu's most colorful and lively Sunday Market at Gaya Street as early as 630AM (end at 12PM) and visit each booth - you're bound to find something you love and just can't go home without. If you're not a morning person though, walk over to the Handicraft Market situated along The Waterfront esplanade (open until 830PM every night).
FRESH / DRIED SEAFOOD
Thanks to its geographical location and genuine love for food, Kota Kinabalu is famous for its fresh and dried seafood; ikan masin (dried salted fish), udang kering (dried shrimp), crabs, clams, prawns and many others that are generally served as main courses. Freshly caught daily and carefully kept alive until they are set on the table, Kota Kinabalu boasts some of the best seafood restaurants in the region. Feast at any one of our seafood restaurants or take some home with you! Head down to the Seafood Market along The Waterfront esplanade for great seafood bargains.
FRESH COCONUT JUICE & ROASTED COCONUT PUDDING
Beat the heat with a round of fresh coconut juice by the beach or a bowl of roasted coconut pudding available only along Jalan Tuaran. Unique as it is, young coconuts are roasted the traditional way before it is served (warm or chilled) - this roasting technique softens the coconut flesh to a pudding-like texture and produces a richer tasting coconut juice.
KOPI TENOM (TENOM COFFEE)
Tenom is a delightful rural town and is home to the famous Kopi Tenom (Tenom Coffee). Famed for its dark, roasted taste, Tenom Coffee is traditionally prepared, a technique that preserves the original taste of coffee beans without leaving a bad after taste even after a few cups.