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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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“Luxuriate in the fresh essence of whole new shopping experience. Imago Shopping Mall is certainly the place to actualize your most intrinsic desires. Whether it's indulging in your tastes, lavishing yourself with pleasures or accentuating your individuality, Imago Shopping Mall delivers it all with an eloquence only few can match. With a range of international brand names offering an assortment of merchandise from the most unique and opulent; to the most frequently sought after, it certainly is a comforting enclave with something that entices the regular, and even the most discerning of tastes. And that signature of distinction is also apparent in the selection of delectable and exquisite dining, fun-filled activities for the children, and pampering indulgences. At Imago Shopping Mall, it’s about coming to a place that understands your most individual desires, whatever they are, whenever. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“KK is famous for fresh seafood. And this place has Cheap and tasty seafood. Look for the Green signage for serve no pork ”
  • 38 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
Nature
“THE place to be to see the sunset if you're in KK. Nice long beach and a park next to it. There are stalls selling food and souvenirs also. Come in the morning when it's cooler because the sun is in your back or slightly later in the afternoon when the sun is cooler and catch the sunset. Can be quite crowded with tourists during weekends.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Place to shop
“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
Entertainment
“A mini short tour to discover the culture of Sabah’s five main ethnic groups. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Place to eat
“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
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
Harbour / Marina
“Island hopping and beach activities, such as snorkelling, Flyer zipline and various water sports. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Get a birds eye view of the city centre of Kota Kinabalu from this lookout point! There is no need to hike up and it is just a short car ride up the mountain from the city centre with absolutely rewarding views. ”
  • 14 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
Market
“You can get many hand made from local brand. Food, craft handship, local fruits and etc. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Personal favorite restaurant for Italian cuisine. Very popular venue for a romantic date or a family dine in.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Apart from their very strategic location in the heart of the city centre, the food is excellent. Especially recommended is the Claypot Chicken Rice. Just remember there is usually a large crowd here and you have to wait for a table. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Night Club
“A fairly new joint for party lover with live music and show. Offer varieties of hard liquor, beers and wine. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Entertainment
“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.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“KK is famous for fresh seafood. And this place has Cheap and tasty seafood. Look for the Green signage for serve no pork ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Personal favorite restaurant for Italian cuisine. Very popular venue for a romantic date or a family dine in.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Apart from their very strategic location in the heart of the city centre, the food is excellent. Especially recommended is the Claypot Chicken Rice. Just remember there is usually a large crowd here and you have to wait for a table. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“NON HALAL Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh (佑记肉骨茶) is the most crowded restaurant in Gaya Street of Kota Kinabalu city after office hours, and throngs of local and tourists come to try their famous Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶 in Chinese), which is pork and organs simmered for hours in soup of herbs and spices (such as star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui and garlic). The broth has nice aroma of traditional herb and the soup is thick and rich in meat sweetness. Once it enters your mouth, your body will send you a rewarding signal to tell you that it’s nutritious stuff. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Dry or Soup noodles Highly recommend to order the fried fishcakes to share They do serve seafood tom yum noodle soup if you are a spicy fan”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Local's favourite spot for local delicacies and you might witness the most beautiful sunsets while you're having you're dinner here.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fusion food at reasonable prices. Great drinks esp mango mambo and mango smoothie”
  • 5 locals recommend

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