The built environment of Kota Kinabalu is also intriguing. From the bustling Chinatown to the state museums, religious structures and old colonial landmarks that dot the city, KK is bursting with architectural highlights.
Several parks make fantastic places for tourists to explore. Kids will fall in love with the water park at Tun Fuad Park, which is located just 15 minutes from the downtown area. South of KK is Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. This magnificent zoological reserve contains a host of local and international animal species, making it great for the whole family.
Restaurants and Bars
One of the city’s most important features is its wide culinary culture. There are plenty of international influences to accompany local Malay cuisine, including Indian Chinese, European and even Western. Tourists are advised to try the kedai kopi buffet chain, which offers plenty of local specialities. For a true KK experience, dining along the seafront at one of the make-shift stalls is recommended. Of course, for a grander experience, eating along the pier is a must. After hours, the best places to enjoy a drink are the Waterfront and Times Square. However, bars and clubs can be found along Beach Street and Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong.
Shopping in Kota Kinabalu
Several major shopping malls reside within Kota Kinabalu, so shopaholics will feel satisfied. Centre Point Sabah, 1Borneo Hypermall and Suria Sabah are the largest and most visited retail department stores in the city. Of course, the Handicraft Market is also quite popular, offering pearls, crystals, hand-made crafts and other lovely souvenir options.