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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

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“Imago The Mall at KK Times Square is one of Kota Kinabalu's largest shopping centres. It opened on 28 March 2015.Interesting about Imago shopping mall is the non-strata title of the shop lots, which I understands to mean that the mall owns all the shops. This is good news for shoppers for 2 reasons. 1st, because the mall management owns everything, there's a high incentive to maintain the mall and not neglect the property like is the case with older malls in KK. 2nd, In theory this means the management can make sure there's variety and quality, and get rid of shops that sell junk that doesn't attract any shoppers”
  • 48 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Besides Imago, Suria is the next best shopping mall in town. There's a Sephora there as well if Imago is too crowded for you. Besides the regular eateries, there's a little bakery on the 3rd floor by City Grocer that has delicious baked goods. I never miss the chance to grab some whenever I'm there. There's a cinema as well on the 8th floor - GSC Cinemas. It is different from the cinema in Imago and sometimes offers different movies from different countries during their special celebrations.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Ranked at the top in the list of best seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu is the Welcome Seafood Restaurant. What makes the restaurant so popular is its simple and delicious seafood dishes and the restaurant’s friendly atmosphere. Some of the most popular dishes offered here include a wide variety of fresh fish, lobsters and shrimps, prawns and crabs all available in sauté, fried and steamed options. Apart from that, the restaurant also serves some flavorful seafood soups, side dishes made from fresh local produce and locally flavored seafood dishes. You can also pick your seafood if you want, because the restaurant has a small aquarium with live seafood display. Those who don’t want to eat anything from the menu can place a special request and the chef can cook the seafood dish in various styles as per the customer’s choice. The service is fast and quick. Just order what you want to eat, wait for ten minutes and enjoy freshly cooked seafood with your loved ones. Address: Lot G 15-16, GF Kompleks Asia City, Jalan Asia City, Kota Kinabalu Zip:88300 Price range: Affordable (RM145.30 for 4 people) This small scale restaurant offers a scrumptious seafood menu at affordable prices. Is it Halal certified? Yes, this is a Halal certified restaurant.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Museum
“About 2km south of the city centre, this museum provides an excellent introduction to Sabah's indigenous cultures, with displays focusing on the traditional attire, festivals, customs and crafts of the Dusun, Murut, Rungus, Bajau and other Sabah peoples. Try your hand at playing traditional musical instruments, marvel at the fine embroidery and learn about past headhunting practices of the Murut and Kadazan-Dusun. Upstairs are the centuries-old Chinese ceramics retrieved from the Jade Dragon wreck, circa AD 1300, in 2013. The adjoining Heritage Village has traditional tribal dwellings, including Kadazan bamboo houses and a Chinese farmhouse, all nicely set on a lily-pad lake. Next door, the Science & Education Centre has an informative exhibition on the petroleum industry, from drilling to refining and processing. Hold on to your ticket: it also includes entry to the nearby Museum of Islamic Civilisation.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Signal Hill, the highest point in the city, is one of the best places to get a good view of Kota Kinabalu. Just a couple of minutes drive from Padang Merdeka will bring you to the airy deck where you can get amazing views that extend to the outlying islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and further.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Establishment
“A mini short tour to discover the culture of Sabah’s five main ethnic groups. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Mosque
“Built on a 2.47 acres site at the Likas bay, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is exemplary of the Islamic contemporary architecture. Situated near the sea, this majestic white mosque boasts similar features to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina. This floating mosque has a prayer hall which houses three madrasahs and accommodates from 9,000 to 12,000 people at a time. By far the largest mosque in Kota Kinabalu, the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is even possibly the most beautiful one in Malaysia – the man-made lagoon which surrounds it gives a serenely gorgeous and dramatic look to the mosque on a full moon night. The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is open for the public to visits, however each visitors are required to register with the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque Tourism Management. Visiting Hours: Monday – Sunday : 8.00am to 12.00noon, 2.00pm to 3.30pm, 4.00pm to 5.30pm Friday: Closed Entrance Fee : International Visitors : RM 5.00 Malaysian: FOC”
  • 21 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A very well established shopping mall that allow friends and families enjoy their shopping time while relax with various foods choices.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“15 min from delofts residents. They have shops such as H&M, Cotton On, starbucks, Uniclo, Nandos, parkson and etc.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Originally named Bond Street, Gaya Street located in the Kota Kinabalu has been the centre of business for over a hundred years. The wooden shops with nipah roofs are long gone but here is where generations-old family businesses are still thriving passed down from father to son. Every Sunday morning, the length of Gaya Street is closed off to traffic to make way for the Fair. Shop for anything under shady trees and over-sized umbrellas, like batik sarongs, fruits and flowers, arts and craft, footwear, antiques and souvenirs, cakes, even pets and herbs!. This is the best place to experience the cross-section of the local population when entire families enjoy a Sunday Outing”
  • 19 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Cheap Pearl & Fresh seafood! There are so many seafood stalls to choose from. However, generally all the stalls offer about the same seafood and price should not differ much. Therefore, just take your time to have a detailed look and pick whichever stall you feel good about.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Premise
“Can see and learn about the various races in Sarawak. They have shows and interesting cuisines.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“If you are a fan of hiking and trekking, this is a great place to visit. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Night Club
  • 9 locals recommend
Establishment
“Located at the end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and about 6 kilometres from KK City, this place is closest to the hearts of the locals, and just one visit to the beach will tell you why. Taking its name from the casuarinas or aru trees that fringe the fine sands, this is where one might get a ringside seat to the greatest sunset on earth every evening when the crimson sun dips slowly into the horizon, leaving the vast skies a brilliant red. The Tanjung Aru beach is also home to Shangri-la’s Tanjung Aru Resort, the Kinabalu Golf Club and the Kinabalu Yacht Club.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Establishment
“One of the most enduring landmarks in Kota Kinabalu, it stands prominently on a bluff along Signal Hill Road adjacent to the old Police Station. Built in 1905, this all-wood, no-nails structure was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson- the popular first District Officer of Jesselton during the British North Borneo Chartered Company Administration. This Clock Tower has the distinction of being the oldest standing wooden structure in Kota Kinabalu that survived the destruction of Jesselton town during World War II. Till today, it still serves to keep the city’s time. The Atkinson Clock Tower is managed by the Sabah Museum under its Antiquity and History section.”
  • 8 locals recommend