Café Hopping in Kota Kinabalu
by Mona Lee
(updated August 2020)
Various café in Kota Kinabalu and it still continues to grow every year. The selection of coffee shop with its own unique design of concept never failed to amaze the locals and attract them to discover these cafes. Each café in Sabah offers selection types of coffee, non-coffee drinks and signature of dishes that allows KKian and tourists (too) to explore the different type of cafe each time. With each areas consisting of at least 2 cafes, it gives the local the opportunity to hop from one cafe to another cafe each day! Here are the list of cafes in Kota Kinabalu and surrounding area for you to visit and enjoy a cuppa.
Garage Kafe (Penampang Bypass)
Garage Kate is located at Penampang highway bypass and it is easily found because of their striking design, a combination of hipster and garage concept. It was recently opened mid of 2016. The famous dishes in Garage Kafe will be Chicken chop which cost RM15. 90 and variety of overload drinks for the visitor to choose. Besides that, guests are welcome to do a private function such a birthday party or a reunion with a maximum of 30 pax in the air conditioning room. Business hour open from 11am until 11pm and closed every Monday
Chiu’s – The Modern Local (Marketplace 88)
A humble eatery trying to achieve great things. Chiu’s Serve simple comfort food in a comfortable environment. The foods is creatively curated using locally sourced ingredients. Serve good coffee and desserts. Businesss hours is from 10am to 11pm. Closed on Tuesday
The B Side (Lido Plaza)
Located at Lido Plaza ground floor with a sophisticated design that will definitely catch the locals attention to come in. Famous for their coffee and food, B-side continues to expand their menu from time to time without failed. The fresh smell of their coffee brews what makes most coffee drinker to be coming back for more. Apart from serving, coffee classes are conducted at B-side.
Business hour starts at 10am until 11pm every Tuesday until Friday and 9am- 12am every Sat and Sunday. Closed every Monday
Cana Café (Taman Fortuna)
Cana Café is located at Taman Fortuna and it is easily spotted because that is the only café at that area. Besides serving coffee, they offer a different type of healthy juices. The specialties at Cana Café will be their waffle and latte that goes perfectly fine together. In fact, the cupcakes éclair are one of the customer’s favorite options to choose. Business hour open from 8am until 10pm and closed every Sunday.
PurrfectplaceKK Café (Inanam)
Indeed a purrfect place for cat lovers to enjoy their moment petting numerous of cat and enjoy their coffee or non-coffee drinks. RM15 administration fee will be charged for customers who wish to enter the cat playground and play with the cats but, the fee comes with one drink. Besides these adorable cats, they offer various type of coffee such as Mocha, Latte, Cappucino and other more. They food specialties will be the ice cream waffle and it tastes amazing! PurrfectplaceKK is located at Inanam Taipan they open 7 days a weeks from 11am until 10pm.
Pregio coffee (Shell Plaza)
offers Grab and go and cozy corner for coffee at Shell Plaza.
Lumière Coffee Space by Crack (Wisma Manikar)
specialise in Specialty coffee and a wide selection of pastry.
Address: Lot G-3/1, Ground Floor, Block B, Wisma Manikar
Kopiboy (Dah Yeh Villa)
a hidden cafe serving local and specialty coffee. serve Food and toast.
The Coffee Lab (Taman Soon Kiong)
Don’t be deceived by its outer design because of the signboard names Frankie Interior Design, Coffee lab is located there. Of all the café, Coffee Lab interior design will be the most outstanding among all. It’s a mixture of modern with a rustic type of concept. They served all range of food such as western, Asian, dessert and good coffee. But of all the food they served, vanilla mango ice cream will be most customers’ favorite selection. Business hour open from 8.30am until 10.30 and closed every Sunday
October Coffee House (Latitud 6, Peak Vista and Gaya Street)
October Coffee House located at 3 locations which is Peak Vista, Gaya Street and Jalan Signal Hills. October Coffee house popular with their coffee and coffee art. They do serve light dish such as waffle!
Over a total of 40 cafes in Kota Kinabalu and the list of Café still goes on. Don’t forget to check out these cafes when you are around this area:
ComiComi Hamburger specializes in Taiwan type of coffee and food and open 7 days a week 8am until 5pm
The Little Kitchen located at Taman Cantek, Lido open from 6.30am 8am until 5pm and closed every Tuesday
Café De Vie specializes in crepes with wide range of coffees and open 7 days a week 8am until 5pm 7 days a week 1130am until 9pm
RusticStone Kitchen & Coffee Bar well-known mostly with their coffee and non-coffee drinks. Open 7 days a week 9am- 2.30pm and 5pm – 10pm
Omma’s Oven famous with their fresh pastries and served with coffee. Open 9am – 10pm (close on Friday)
Eatery Cafe located on the 2nd floor above Speedmart 99. Eatery Cafe serves wholesome Eats from Quality Ingredients. Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm and closed every Monday
Haru café serve all-day brunch and nice coffee. Open 7 days a week (Mon – Sat: 8.30am – 11pm and Sun: 10.00am – 11.00pm)
Adelphi and Co. specialize with their western menu and House Blend coffee. Open 7 days a week from 9am until 10pm
Breadboss Bakery café well-known with its fresh pastries and fresh brew coffe. Open 7 days a week (Mon – Fri: 3.30am until 11pm, Sat: 8.30am – 6pm and Sun: 8.30am – 11pm)
The Hyphen – Located on 2nd floor above BP Lab. The Hyphen is a co-working cafe, serving a wide selection of food and drinks.
Jalan Dewan (Kota Kinabalu City area)
Woo! Open 7 days a week from 9. 30amuntil 11.30pm
Biru-Biru is a backpacker type of café that attracts not only local but tourist. Served various types of local dishes and coffee. Open 7 days a week from 8am until 11.30pm
Nook café Comfy, chill and relax cafe. Served western, healthy food and dessert. Open 7 days a week (9 am until 11pm)
Gaya Street Area (Kota Kinabalu City area)
CAFE ON FIFTY5 Cafe on Fifty 5 attached to Tong Hing Supermarket. Wide variety of pastries and cakes. They also offer good quality western foods. Their signature dish is the Boneless Hainanese Chicken rice. Open 7 days a week 8am to 10.30pm
Bandaran Berjaya Area
Ampersand Specialty Coffee & Co-workplace – Specialty cafe and workspace at the old area of Kota Kinabalu area. Ampersand offers a cosy and spacious environment for travelers and place for people to meet-up. Open 2pm to 1opm (Tuesday to Friday), 11am to 10pm (Saturday), 10am to 6pm (Sunday). Close on Monday.
Ampersand Specialty Coffee & Co-workplaceAmpersand Specialty Coffee & Co-workplace
Api Api Center
Laundry and Cafe in one place. Now you can wait for your laundry while enjoying your meal and coffee. Open 7.30am to 12am. Close on Monday
Image by Laundroluxe
Kak Kiah Coffee House popular with it home-made cake and cake jar. Open 9am – 10pm and closed every Sunday
Cornerstone café Open Monday until Friday (11.30am – 8pm) and Saturday (12.30pm -6pm) and closed every Sunday
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【Enjoy】Most Instagrammable cafe in Kota Kinabalu 2018
In our daily life, we will encounter various of pressure, unpleasant, grievances and disappointment, either from work, study, home and self. At this time, all we need is to sit down, having cup of coffee or tea and chatting with our besties or trusted people at a comfortable cafe.
Even with some special occasions or celebration, instead of hotel or high-end restaurant, we just would like to get a unique yet comfortable cafe to celebrate. Here, I would like to introduce few unique and comfortable cafe that you can check it out in Kota Kinabalu:
1. Nook Cafe
Nook Cafe initially was a small cozy cafe suitable for small gathering. Recently, it been expand and move to a bigger slot just opposite from a original location. Both indoor android and outdoor seat designed in contemporary concept. They do have live band at night too.
Address: 19, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinablau, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
The idea of merging ‘laundry’ + ‘luxury’. Sounds weird, right? But Laundroluxe perfectly blend the idea. 80% of the space designed in modern contemporary dining or serve as ‘waiting area’ while waiting for their laundry to be ready. Though the dining area initially design to be casualty dining, hence it is perfectly can be served as casual brunch or formal dining. You can actually do your laundry there too, at RM15/15Kg !!
Address: 3, Lorong Api-Api 1, Api-Api Centre, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
3. Woo !
If you are looking for somewhere modern minimalist yet contemporary hangout to catch up with friends, family gathering or daring; whether for brunch, lunch, coffee break, dinner or even coffee/tea after dinner; Woo! definitely could meet all your requirement. The Asian twist western menu served with specialty coffee/tea could satisfy your craving.
Address: 7, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
4. October Coffee House
The first October Coffee House located the Peak, with their roasted coffee and signature toast had attracted many coffee lover. Since then, they expand their business to additional 2 branches. All their cafe is designed with mainly cozy & nature concept. Furnished with almost 80% of wood material, dim lights, and some green certainly providing you feeling cozy.
Besides coffee, the signature toast bread is a must try!
Address: Block B,First Floor, Unit 15, The Peak Vista, Lorong Puncak 1, Tanjung Lipat, 88400, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Address: 5-0 Ground Floor, Lorong Bunga Raja, Latitud 6 Commercials Center, 88450, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Address: Ground Floor, Australia Lane, Lorong Dewan, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
5. PREGIO by Barista Cafe
PREGIO is well-known for the best coffee in town using best bean, fresh roasted gourmet bean imported from Hong Kong. In 2011, PREGIO by Barista Cafe won the best Signature House Blend at Hong Kong Barista Championship. The contemporary double height ceiling with mezzanine floor interior leaving you impression of cafe in Australia. Besides located at BSA Kolombong, they also have another branch in Plaza Shell.
Address: Lot No. 17, Ground Floor, Lorong Kompleks BSA, Kompleks BSA, 88450, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Addess: Plaza Shell G08 (Ground Floor) 29, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
6. One Roof
Quite a new modern minimalist cafe in town, serving fusion food, coffee and cakes. But from their menu, you will notice they serve quite a lot Korean style food. The 80% white theme interior furnished with cozy furniture giving you feeling of relaxing and comfortable. Recently, they are extending to the next door to serve better.
Address: Unit No. R-4, Ground Floor, Jalan Tasik, Luyang Perdana, 88300, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
7. Biru Biru Cafe & Bar
Also known as Syarikat Biru-Biru or Blue Cafe. Why? Because the exterior wall is painted in Blue and it is very outstanding where you definitely will spot it’s existance from far. It is furnished with local kampung + contemporary interior design serving western + local foods concept. They also have Smoothie Bowl and Poke Bowl. They also have social dance workshop every Friday night, where you get the chance to experience and enjoy the social dance.
Address: 24, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
8. Ampersand & Specialty Coffee & Co-workplace
Another concept coffee house in Kota Kinabalu, designed with using mostly raw material. If you ask me, I would name the concept as “Honesty to Material”, where it is one of my architecture design title last time. That tittle only allow us to elaborate the application of true colour, true texture & true properties of the material in a design.
Address: Lot 23, Jalan Berjaya 3, Bandaran Berjaya, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
9. Pando Cafe
Besides Coffee Lab, Pando Cafe is also known as one of the furniture cafe in Kota Kinabalu, serving healthy eating. All the furniture in the cafe is open for sell. They are also the first cafe introduce smoothie bowl and sometimes provide workshop for those who interest in making smoothies bowl at home.
Address: 9, Lorong Bunga Raja, Latitud 6 Commercial Center, 88450, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
10. Joe Sun – Food & Coffee Co
Joe Sun furnished with minimalist concept interior, providing a sense of minimising the stress in state of mind. Located at the corner shop, surrounded with full height window and it’s simple hanging green pots in one wall somehow bring you close to nature. This cafe is famous for their food’s presentation and Rainbow Latte.
Address: 48, 40, Lorong Pokok Kayu Manis 2, 88300, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
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4. Brown Fox Cafe
Brown Fox Cafe. Photo source: Brown Fox FB
Brown Fox Cafe, a cafe from Kota Kinabalu is located at Sutera Avenue. The design is inspired by the minimalist Japanese aesthetic . They served a variety of food ranging from Asian fusion dish to Western dish. Available for takeaway (orders above RM80 will have a free delivery).
Operating hours: 9:30am – 6pm daily
Address: Block A, Lot A-1-06, Sutera Avenue, Lorong Lebuh Raya, Off Coastal Highway, Kota Kinabalu 88100.
5. Lumière Coffee Space by Crack
Lumière Coffee Space by Crack cafe. Photo source: Lumière Coffee Space by Crack FB
Lumière Coffee Space by Crack, a cafe which specialize in crafting coffee. A perfect place to relax from all the hustle and just enjoy the natural surroundings. This place has really nice ambiance as well. Available for takeaway or delivery (free delivery within 5 km). Drop them a message or give them a call at 017-4446268 to order or for more info.
Operating hours: 9am-5pm Sunday to Friday (Saturday off)
Address: Lot G-3/1,Wisma Manikar, Off Mile 2. 5, Jalan Tuaran, 88400 Kota Kinabalu.
6. Mykōri Dessert Cafe
Mykōri Dessert Cafe. Photo source: Mykōri Dessert Cafe FB
Mykōri Dessert Cafe, located at Putatan is the first outlet in Sabah. This dessert cafe is the 21st century version of the traditional Japanese Dessert House in Malaysia. The very first outlet is located at Bandar Puchong Jaya. It first started with a Japanese pastry, slowly expanding to include signature toasts and shaved ice desserts (Kakigori) that incorporate fresh fruits, ice cream as well as layers of flavours. Available for takeaway or delivery via Grabfood and Foodpanda.
Operating hours: 11am-7pm daily
Address: Ground Floor, Lot No. 11, Block C, Lorong Royal Plaza Putatan, Bandar Putatan 88200 Putatan, Kota Kinabalu.
7. Meet Coffee Cafe
Meet Coffee Cafe. Photo source: Meet Coffee Cafe FB
Meet Coffee Cafe is located at Kolombong Industrial area, this cafe gives off a cozy atmosphere and a leisure vibe. It is a two-storey cafe, their signatures are mainly sandwiches, coffee, cakes and bread. Scrambled Eggs & Shrimps Sandwich and Grilled Chicken with Egg Sandwich are highly recommended. Available for takeaway or delivery for free minimum spending of RM50 or above within 5 km. (More than 5 km will be charged through Grab delivery).
Operating hours: 10am-6pm daily
Address: Lorong Padang Terap, 88450 Kota Kinabalu.
4 Cafes To Check Out In Kota Kinabalu
Half a day’s car ride, or a half an hour flight – whichever route you take, Kota Kinabalu (KK) stands out as perhaps one of the most familiar holiday vacations for many Bruneians! However, something that might not be as known to most visitors is the thriving cafe culture in the city, one that’s populated by incredibly Instagrammable cafes, good coffee and great meals.
Just across the road from the popular Gaya Street is a line of cafes along Jalan Dewan, where cafe hopping throughout the day is only dependent on how much coffee and food you can handle before collapsing in a food coma.
With an open space concept and white walls to give a minimalist, airy aesthetic to the place, Woo! stands out with its welcoming interior. Tall windows offer a wonderful view of the greenery and foliage at the back while letting plenty of sunlight in, and all in all, it’s a great place to chill and enjoy a good meal, thanks to the fast and reliable WiFi available.
We ordered the Woo! Breakfast and chicken dumplings for our first visit here, and while the breakfast was good, it was pretty standard fare. The dumplings on the other hand were soft and chewy, with dense, flavourful fillings — not something we’d expected for cafe fare. The iced mocha was on the good side of bitter, while the matcha latte had a nice, smooth balance of flavour.
But it was our second visit there that cemented this place as our top choice among the cafes we frequented in KK.
We ordered the soft shell crab tacos with a side of sweet potato fries, chicken namban (Japanese chicken karaage) and kimchi fried rice; all three dishes were delicious but personally, the star of the meal was the sweet potato fries. If I could bring a bucket of that back home, I definitely would.
2. Biru Biru Cafe
It’s difficult to miss this place with its bright blue walls as testament to its name, and it shouldn’t be missed out, either! As someone who used to sleep at hostels during some of my first few solo travels, Biru Biru Cafe (also known as Sharikat Biru Biru, as seen from its main entrance) truly gives that nostalgic backpacker vibes, along with its cosy charm. Which makes complete sense, as it’s right below a backpacker lodge!
The interior decor is made up of eclectic items, from old-school paintings to matchbox collections, and while there’s no air-conditioning, the place is airy enough that you won’t be sweating through your meal here.
We ordered the classic salmon poke bowl, as they’re quite well known for their poke bowls, being one of the very few establishments to offer the dish in the city, as well as iced caffe latte to go with it.
While the coffee was a tad weak, the poke bowl was refreshing and tasty, with plenty of ingredients to fill you up! It was also probably the healthiest meal we’ve had out of the fare we sampled throughout our cafe hopping adventure. So if you’re planning to stop by, definitely look into their numerous options for poke bowl dishes.
3. October Coffee House
If you’re looking for a place that’ll serve your caffeine fix with a sweet dessert to go along with your drink, October Coffee House definitely hits all the right spots! Situated right around the corner from Woo!, this cafe resembles that of a winter cabin, with its rustic decor and gorgeous wooden design. With a mezzanine inside that overlooks the entire cafe, this is the perfect spot to chill and rest for a while after a morning of exploring the city, whether you’re with company or alone.
While there’s not a lot of natural light thanks to the establishment’s design, the warm lighting adds a certain quaint charm to the place.
Since they seemed to be popular for their coffee, we ordered an ice blended Javachip Cookie, and a brownie topped with ice-cream to go with the drink. We also got a G-Dragon (not the K-Pop star, unfortunately) juice, made with fresh dragon fruit, as well as a soy latte.
While the juice was an interesting thirst quencher (we admittedly ordered it because the purple was pretty appealing), the coffee did live up to the hype, the flavours rich and decadent with a touch of sweetness. The soy nut latte tasted rather creamy, which is good for those looking for a thick, fuller taste, with the added bonus of not having to deal with the consequences of lactose intolerance.
4. Nook Cafe
Our final stop on the cafe hopping tour takes us a few steps past October Coffee House to Nook Cafe, where you’re first greeted by gorgeous, white exposed brick walls mixed with a dark blue design palette that offers a bright, cosy ambience in this little corner of the city. Just like Woo!, the tall glass windows let in plenty of natural light, but there’s also an outdoor section if you wish to enjoy a natural breeze.
By this point we were feeling pretty full, so we merely ordered an iced mocha with the hot Jasmine Pearls tea, as well as one of their recommended dishes, a grilled cheese sandwich with a side of tomato soup.
The mocha was on the sweet side, which means good news for a sweet tooth with a need for a caffeine fix, as the chocolate is pretty prominent. On the other hand, the Jasmine Pearls had a scent as lovely as its name, with a floral hint to its aroma.
I’m not a big fan of tomatoes unless it’s sauce for my fries, which means the soup wasn’t to my liking, but the sandwich completely made up for it! Incredibly cheesy and buttery, with a smooth mustard sauce that was distinctly sweet — it was the perfect meal to end our cafe adventure in KK. In addition, the outdoor section which resembled a rather rustic gazebo offered a sense of seclusion that’s difficult to find in a bustling tourist city, and after a whole day of shopping and exploration, sometimes a good meal and a place to rest your weary feet is all you need, really.
Bonus points if you can boast about it on your Instagram, too.
Planning a trip to KK?
If you’re thinking of dropping by one (or all!) of these cafes, you can either take a leisurely road trip that should span about six to eight hours, or take a short flight from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu International Airport via RB (Royal Brunei Airlines) — one that doesn’t take more than 30 minutes, in fact!
Thinking of what to do on your next long weekend? Maybe it’s time to take part in KK’s undeniably flourishing cafe culture!
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5 Uber-Cool Cafés in Kota Kinabalu All Foodies Should Check Out For the ‘Gram
Kota Kinabalu has certainly changed a lot over the past few years, and besides the usual tourist and shopping spots located all over the city, KK also has a pretty booming café culture. So, if you ever find yourself in Sabah’s capital, you should definitely pay a visit to these unique cafés!
1. Biru Biru
Biru Biru (aka Sharikat Biru Biru) is one of KK’s gems. Its building was actually situated in the campsite of the Alliance during World War II in 1945. It was initially a printing press before it was eventually converted into a café and backpacker lodge in recent years.
The interior of Biru Biru is definitely unique and eclectic with mixtures of old and modern furniture decorating the entire café. The backpacker lodge is right upstairs, so don’t be surprised to see crowds of backpackers lounging around the café especially at the end of the day!
The coconut ice cream served with waffles drizzled with Gula Melaka syrup is undoubtedly one of the café’s bestsellers, so if you ever get the chance to check this place out, make sure you don’t give this a miss!
If you’re looking for a nice cosy place to relax and have some brunch while taking your own sweet time, Nook Café is one place you should check out if you’re ever in KK. It opens bright and early at 8am too!
Plus, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, this café has plenty of options for you.
We suggest trying their crowd-favourite Scotch Egg along with a cup of any of their coffees on the menu.
Address: 19, Jalan Dewan Kota Kinabalu
Opening hours: 8am – 11pm (Thursdays – Tuesdays, closed on Wednesdays)
3. The B Side
The B Side has a wide variety of pretty unique dishes to choose from, so it’s a café that can satisfy any of your cravings!
Its laid-back ambience makes it the go-to café for many locals, especially for weekend brunches, and they do some pretty unique twists on their pasta dishes. We would definitely recommend their creamy soft shell crab pasta for your first visit!
Address: 21, Lido Plaza, Jalan Nosoob Hungab, 88300 Kota Kinabalu
Opening hours: 10am – 11pm (Tuesdays – Sundays, Closed on Mondays)
4. Joe Sun – Food & Coffee Co.
If you’re on the hunt for some unique latte art and some delicious delicacies in KK, look no further than Joe Sun!
This café offers a relaxing dining experience, and if you’re a plant lover, you’d be glad to know that there’s plenty of greenery all over the place!
One dish of theirs you definitely need to try is their signature Chicken and Waffle dish. Trust us, it’s to die for, but make sure you go there with an empty stomach! If you’re a fan of pretty drinks, Joe Sun also serves up some colourful lattes for all you Instagram foodies!
Address: Lot 47 – 0, Ground Floor, Block D, Damai Plaza Phase 4, Lorong Pokok Kayu Manis 2, Luyang Kota Kinabalu
Opening hours: 9am – 9pm (Open 7 days a week)
5. October Coffee House
Looking for a good café that serves the perfect cup of coffee? Definitely check out October Coffee House!
Along with its chill and cosy ambience reminiscent of a winter cabin, this cafe is one of the best spots in KK to get some good quality coffee. If you ask us, we suggest trying a glass of their iced Dutch coffee for the ultimate caffeine fix.
Source: october coffee house | facebook
Address: 5-0 Ground floor, Lorong Bunga Raja, Latitude 6 Commercial Center, Kota Kinabalu
Opening hours: 10.30am – 12am (Open 7 days a week)
So, there you have it! Did your favourite KK café make it to this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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Third Wave coffee comes to Kota Kinabalu at last! | Eat/Drink
Pregio By Barista Caffe has the distinction of being the first cafe to offer specialty coffee including single origin beans and various hand brewing methods.
KOTA KINABALU, Feb 10 ― In a city where being laidback and close to Nature is a lifestyle, it’s hard to imagine people getting excited over a cup of expensive coffee.
A stroll around the centre of Borneo’s most lively city still sees the neighbourhood coffee shops reigning supreme with the odd Starbucks and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf as the go-to coffee fix options.
But a closer look ― and with the help of Google map ― will show that a specialty coffee culture is emerging in the capital of Sabah, as more and more cafes are offering city dwellers something more than just the run-of-the-mill cup of Joe.
In the past year or so, indie cafes have been sprouting up in the city; many are owned by entrepreneurs who have some experience abroad and are looking for a new venture that ties in with their coffee passion.
The unbeaten path
The first to boldly venture into the specialty coffee business here is former publishing manager Janice Leong with her Hong-Kong branded Pregio by Barista Caffe.
Leong, who spent part of her childhood in Sabah but had been living in Hong Kong for most of her life, said she wanted to bring to her hometown her passion for coffee which for most people extended to just the local kopi-o and international coffee chains.
“The specialty coffee culture did not exist yet and many wondered why I was doing it when the market was saturated with other shops. But I wanted to bring in a new kind of awareness and appreciation for coffee,” she said.
Leong left her husband and son in Hong Kong when she returned to Kota Kinabalu to set up the business two and a half years ago with her mentor Chester Tam who owns the café franchise brand in Hong Kong.
Specialty coffee, along with warm inviting interior space and good food at Pregio By Barista Caffe keep people coming back to its location in Metrotown.
“You couldn’t hire baristas then so we started from scratch, training people who had the aptitude and passion to love coffee,” she said.
Back when ristretto and single origin were alien terms to the average coffee drinker, Pregio was offering flat whites and brewing methods like drip, syphon, French press, Aeropress and more.
Leong will tell you that almost everyone then had no idea what specialty coffee was or the many different options of brewing available.
With most customers, explaining the different tasting notes in the coffee, brewing methods and even the concept of specialty coffee was the norm.
“Even now, most people still will not be able to identify the different notes. No matter how specialty and how unique, at the end of the day, most just want a good, tasty cup of coffee and we have had to find that balance,” said Roy Chiew, owner of one of the latest cafes in town, Adelphi & Co.
Chiew said that although people are embracing the café culture, coffee appreciation is something that most people in the city will not delve into yet.
At Inch coffee, its owner and barista are all about their coffee and their slow bar offers a variety of brewing methods and interesting beans.
Perhaps one of reasons why Third Wave coffee has not taken over yet is because operators have opted for lower-profile suburban and residential areas where more affluent customers are potentials. This means leaving out tourists and passers-by.
At these out-of-the-way cafes, you’ll find a broad spectrum of customers, ranging from the expected teen hipsters, young professionals, families and even an odd retiree or two.
“It’s really hard to say who our customers are. It really is anybody who enjoys coffee. Some people are curious and want to try, some just want a place to meet and chat with their friends,” says Inch coffee café owner David Lee.
“Others though, like us, are hardcore coffee lovers who would go anywhere for a perfect cup of coffee,” he said.
Inch first opened at an obscure old warehouse building in Jesselton waterfront, with few retailers and even fewer passers-by. It gained a following which saw them progress to the more family-friendly Perdana Park in Tanjung Aru.
Inch coffee prides itself on the best coffee and goes out of its way to make sure customers get the best coffee experience.
“But customers continue to come anyway, and even more now as they appreciate the coffee and the atmosphere,” he said.
The Korean-owned October Café, which opened up a few months after Pregio, is located at Peak Vista, an affluent neighbourhood just outside the city while Pregio is located at a new commercial centre outside the city in Metrotown, closer to the industrial part of town which caters to nearby businesses.
“We were still one of the first outlets to open in this neighbourhood when it was first set up two and half years ago. The fact that we have maintained business where many other restaurants have closed speaks for itself.
“I think everyone enjoys good coffee and the experience, so people keep coming back,” said Leong.
The B Side’s hipster appeal is it its decor, friendly service and instagram-worthy food and drinks.
A close community bound by shared passion
The burgeoning coffee lovers community is helped by the close relationship between the café owners in the city.
“We visit each other during our free time and off days, we have good chats about the latest happenings and discuss coffee. We don’t see each other as just competition because coffee is so subjective,” said Lee.
Being a relatively small but growing community of coffee lovers, the cafes owners and their regulars often keep in touch and share the latest offerings and talk shop whenever they get the chance.
“I’m not even sure we are competitors as we are located in different parts of the city, and in KK, a 20-minute drive is considered far,” said The B Side café owner Howard Ng.
“But we have the same intention ― everyone wants to build and educate the market. So everyone does their part and directly or indirectly create more awareness. Eventually the market gets bigger, and everyone benefits from this,” he said.
Among the latest cafes in town to offer specialty coffee, Adelphi & Co also offers an extensive menu for brunch and dinner.
“We are in the same business. So we respect each other’s work. Coffee is so subjective anyway.”
Here are some specialty coffee places to check out:
PREGIO by Barista Caffe
Metro Town, Block J-0-1, Ground Floor Corner Unit, Jalan Bunga Ulam Raja, Kota Kinabalu
Open : 9.30am-6pm. Closed on Wednesdays
Tel: 088-382 579
1B, Perdana Park, 88100 Kota Kinabalu
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KITCHEN CAT KINABALU | The best restaurants and cafes in Kota Kinabalu, where to eat
Kota Kinabalu’s cuisine, like Malaysian cuisine in general, is highly eclectic.Today, local chefs consider their own and easily prepare not only native Malay, but also Chinese, Indian, European and even American dishes. Some of them have been popular with the townspeople for a couple of centuries, while others appeared in Kota Kinabalu only along with the flow of tourists from different countries. If you wish, here you can look for a cafe with popular European dishes like sandwiches, steaks or pizza, or, conversely, visit an Indian, Indonesian, Thai or Chinese restaurant that will contain expatriates.Kota Kinabalu is one of the ten largest cities in Malaysia and is the capital of the state of Sabah. The city on the island of Borneo got its name in honor of the nearby mountain … Open
But the local cuisine also has dishes that are worth trying, if only in order to get an idea of Malaysian cooking traditions. Keep in mind that in general there are many spicy and rather exotic dishes, so if you have doubts about the strength of your own stomach, then you should find out the pungency and the list of food ingredients before ordering, otherwise you can get poisoned out of habit.You can start tasting with chettinad, which came to local chefs from South Indian colleagues and has long been considered Malaysian. Basically it is rice wrapped in a banana leaf and served with vegetables, meat or fish curries. Some restaurants will only serve curry or papadam – huge chips, because the dish is considered vegetarian. Keep in mind that chettinad is traditionally eaten with your hands.
Another dish with rice is very tasty – nasi dagang. It includes rice itself steamed in coconut milk, fish curry, fried coke, lime juice, pickled cucumbers and hard-boiled eggs.An unusual list of ingredients is the basis for a fantastically delicious dish. An extremely unusual dish is bakutte, which means “tea brewed on meat bones”. While preparing it, the chef cooks pig ribs in broth with herbs and spices for as long as possible, sometimes for several days. In some restaurants, mushrooms, tofu, offal or Chinese cabbage are added to the dish. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Fried yellow noodles in thick soy sauce with pork, fish cakes and squid are popular with the locals. The dish is called hokkien mi and is always served with crispy fried lard as a side dish. Experts say that the whole secret is in the lard. Sang har noodles are delicious. The dish includes shrimp with egg broth and thin egg noodles.Be sure to try the small kebabs made from fish, meat, or saté vegetables. They are often cooked on the street and served with peanut sauce, onions and cucumbers, and ketupat, a rice cooked in a banana leaf. You can also just take a saute for a snack on the run.
Be sure to try the char Sioux, a local variation of barbecued pork. For its preparation, fatty pieces of boneless pork meat are strung on skewers and fried. The fried chunks are seasoned with honey or sugar crust, fermented tofu, soy sauce, a mixture of five herbs.Be sure to try nasi lemak, aka “creamy rice”. The rice is first soaked in coconut cream and then steamed. The rice is then wrapped in a banana, pandanus, ginger leaf or lemongrass stem and served with hot sauce, eggs, cucumber, peanuts, and anchovies.
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Be sure to try the local fish specialties.Delicious cuttlefish in samabl sauce, fried water spinach, stewed shellfish, jellyfish salad and simply fried fish fillets in a spicy sauce. It is worth paying attention to lanka – a local soup, one of the most delicious of its options is shrimp. Tamarind and shrimp paste must be added to the spicy fish broth with ginger. In addition to shrimp and vegetables, there can be beef and chicken in the lance. Different chefs will have different recipes.
There are also original desserts here.For example, chendol made from coconut milk, starch noodles and palm sugar alone. Another unusual Malaysian sweet is chuchur pisang. Its composition of ingredients is also simple – flour, milk and crushed banana. Apam balik is also tasty – a thick dough pancake stuffed with corn and peanuts and sprinkled with sugar. It is served in a folded crescent moon on paper or a banana leaf. If you want a hearty pancake with meat filling, then look for murtabac.
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You can try the favorite Malaysian delicacy ice kachang – ice crushed into crumbs with beans, corn, jelly cubes, poured with sweet syrup or even condensed milk. A delicacy, it is worth warning, for an amateur. You can wash it all down with tea, coffee or juice. Be sure to try Tuak rice wine made from palm pulp, yeast and sugar. It is interesting that this drink is not forbidden to drink even for local devout Muslims.You can try both rice beer and palm tuak.
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Another common dessert, Apam balik, is often used as a complete breakfast.It is a thick pancake with different fillings. Dessert Kuih – originally from China. Looks like little multi-colored cakes.
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90,000 Food in Kota Kinabalu – 12 delicious dishes and where to find them
Vacation is the time when you want to relax and unwind. One of the best ways to do this is to enjoy a delicious meal.A holiday cannot be considered complete without a gastronomic exploration of the places you visit.
Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the state of Sabah in Malaysia, is a hidden gem in this sense. Everyone who tastes food in Kota Kinabalu immediately falls in love with it. To make your choice a little easier, we’ve done some research and listed some of the very best dishes and places to eat in Kota Kinabalu.
Best Food in Kota Kinabalu
1. Mee Tuaran
As the name suggests, this dish is originally from Tuaran, but it also has roots in Chinese culture.Mi Tuaran is a noodle dish where the noodles are fried and mixed with egg yolk or beaten eggs, but the dish is not at all like regular egg noodles.
This dish has become quite popular among the locals of Kota Kinabalu. But if you really fall in love with this dish, you can taste it locally in Tuaran.
Where to find: Seng Hing Coffee Shop, Lok Kyun Restaurant (open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm).
Prices: RM 5 = US $ 1.5, RM 6 = US $ 1.8.
2. Sang Nyuk Mian
This is another noodle dish. It originated in Tawau in 1979, and the name literally means “raw pork noodles”, but the meat is not actually raw. The fresh pork dish is considered a signature dish of the state of Sabah in Malaysia.
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If you want to enjoy the Chinese style, you will be served noodles in a separate bowl mixed with lard and soy sauce, and pork broth with pork pieces in another bowl.Looking for healthy food in Kota Kinabalu? Then this dish is for you!
Where to find: Kedai Kopi Jia Siang (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Price: about 7.5 RM = 2.15 USD
3. Roti Cobra
Roti, a type of bread fairly common in Southeast Asia, is usually eaten with lentil soup, curry or sauce. This delicious dish combines all these elements into one. The base or bottom layer consists of roti, which is then topped with lentil soup, fried beans and vegetables, and pork or chicken, and seasoned with eggs.
Most places also offer chicken curry, which makes this dish even more delicious. This is a very healthy dish and is usually available at very low prices.
Where To Find: Kedai Makan Islamic Restoran
Price: 6.5 RM = 1.55 USD
4. Yee Fung Laksa
Laksa is a spicy soup served with tender chicken, chicken broth, noodles and beans. In some places, this dish is cooked in a coconut curry that adds sweetness to its spicy flavor.Its origins can be traced back to the early Chinese Peranakan tribe.
This savory food in Kota Kinabalu is popular with locals and tourists alike, and you may have to wait at the restaurant to get a table – this dish is in high demand.
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Where to find: Yee Fung Coffee Shop (open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm).
Price: RM 8 = USD 1.93 – RM 8.5 = USD 2.05.
5. Pan Mee
Ban Mi is a local form of Hakka noodles that are quite famous in the Sabah state of Malaysia. The dish is made from wheat noodles. The soup for this dish is made from anchovy broth, pieces of chopped pork and vegetables. The dish has become a popular street food in Kota Kinabalu. The alternative dish known as Chili Pan Mi is also quite famous.
Where to Find: Wing Xan Pan Mee (7:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Price: RM 7 = $ 1.69 to RM 12 = $ 2.9.
6. Bak Kut Teh
The literal translation of the name means “pork tea”. Pork dish cooked in Chinese herb broth. This dish is quite popular in Malaysia and Singapore. Some restaurants also offer chicken as an alternative to pork, and some even offer seafood dishes.
Popular restaurants in Kota Kinabalu are so busy during the evening hours that you might not even get a seat. Two of the best restaurants serving this dish are on the same street, and there is also an open-air restaurant.
Where to find: Man Li Hong (17:00 – 23:00) and Pin Xiang (11:00 – 15:00)
Price: RM 3 = $ 0.73 to RM 20 = $ 4.84.
7. Ngau Chap
The name means mixed beef. The noodles are served with thick beef broth and a variety of beef meats. The dish is quite popular in Kota Kinabalu and can be found in a number of good restaurants.
Where to Find: There are several places you can consider such as Kedai Kopi Loi Hin, Kedai Cheng Wah, Kah Hiong Ngiu Chap, and Mee Sup Pipin.
Price: 7 RMB = 1.69 USD, 9.5 USD = 2.29 USD.
8. Melvic BBQ chicken wing
This is another disastrous dish that never gets boring. Some places also cook the wings in a honey and chili sauce that adds another flavor to the palette. This dish is popular all over the world because it is tasty and fatty, soaked in delicious sauces and is on the list of favorite dishes for everyone who loves to eat.
Where to find: Ang’s Hotel
Price: RM 3 = $ 0.73 to RM 7 = $ 1.69.
9. Beef Satay
This is a popular street food in Kota Kinabalu. Beef shashlik smoked over charcoal and covered with spicy nut sauce. This delicious tasty dish is definitely worth trying. You can also enjoy chicken, lamb, rabbit or even pork in most places.
Where to find: Kedai Kopi Yuit Chang and Brunei Satay House
Price: RM 0.7 = 0.17 USD to 6 RM = 1.45 USD.
Literally translated as “marriage bread”, this dish can be the perfect dessert for your herbal tea. The layers of bread contain butter, sugar, jam, and sometimes even an egg or coconut milk.
Where to find: Kedai Kopi Gunung Emas (8:00 – 18:00) and Fook Yuen (6:30 – 1:00)
Price: 1.30 RM = 0.30 USD.
11. Ais Kacang
This is a crushed ice dessert that is a Malaysian and Singaporean specialty.It is made by mixing ice with beans, jelly and sweet syrup, and seasoned with condensed milk on top. The overly hot conditions in Malaysia make this meal in Kota Kinabalu the perfect food to cool off.
Where to find: Tun Fuad Stephens Park
Price around RM 5 = US $ 1.20.
12. Coconut Pudding
This sweet dish of chilled coconut jelly is served in a coconut shell. This is the perfect dessert after a pleasant spicy dinner in Kota Kinabalu.In Kota Kinabalu, you can also easily find this dish at roadside stalls, and each establishment has something special and different about preparing a dessert.
Where to find: Kedai Kopi (8:00 – 23:00) and Gerai Lokan Panggang, Kelapa Bakar
Price: about RM 4 = 1.2 USD.
Best Places to Eat in Kota Kinabalu
1. Borenos Fried Chicken
If you want to enjoy the local version of KFC then this is the place for you. The very first fast food chain of Sabakhan cuisine prides itself on the freshness and quality of its dishes.If you are in Kota Kinabalu, you should definitely try something with them.
Where to find: L9-B1, ground floor, Jalan Center Point
Working hours: 24/7.
2. Sri Latha Curry House
Would you like lunch from South India at Kota Kinabalu? Sri Latha Curry House is the perfect place for delicious and spicy Indian cuisine in Kota Kinabalu. Their leaf set serving rice, lentil soup with an assortment of chutney on a banana leaf is quite popular.This place is in great demand among the locals, and not a single tourist has returned from there hungry.
Pro tip: Combine your leaf set with chicken or lamb curry to enjoy this vegetable delicacy.
Address: G / F, No. 28, Jalan Berjaya, Bandat Berjaya
Working hours: 6: 45-17: 00.
3. Welcome Seafood
This seafood restaurant has a ton of fans in Kota Kinabalu. This place offers the best seafood in town and is very famous among the locals.They have a variety of options at low prices. They allow you to choose from aquariums and baskets of freshly caught fish.
Address: Welcome Seafood Restaurant 652, Jalan Penampang Lama, Fu Guan Industrial Center.
Working hours: 12: 00-00: 00.
4. Yen Ai
This shop is an authentic Chinese tea shop and is packed with families most of the time. They have been serving amazing herbal teas and desserts since 1988. Their sea coconut is a popular drink among the locals.Desserts like coconut pudding and jelly are also quite tasty. This is the perfect place for a pleasant dinner in Kota Kinabalu.
Address: Lorong Lintas 21, Lintas Plaza. Time: 11:00 – 23:00
Be aware that although the food in Kota Kinabalu is delicious, eating it too much can make you feel uncomfortable as it contains a lot of fats and spices. We wish you a happy introduction to their culinary culture in the beautiful city of Kota Kinabalu!
Capital Kota Kinabalu
This city became a capital city after World War II, which destroyed all the old buildings.The new, carefully planned capital was built in only 1967. Its streets are laid either parallel to the coastline, or more or less perpendicular to it. It is a loosely built, tranquil city with a population of just over 130,000.
Its appearance is a synthesis of Malay, European and Chinese cultures: here you can see old Chinese shops and traditional bazaars side by side with high-rise buildings and new shopping areas. In the past, the city had another name, Singah Mata, roughly meaning “Where the gaze is directed” and still warms the souls of old sailors who have always enjoyed the sight of the familiar shores.Kota Kinabalu captivates with the constant blue skies, coral-strewn coastal waters, amazing sunsets and misty mountain peaks on the horizon.
State Main Mosque
This gold-domed mosque is located in the very center. It was built in accordance with the latest trends in Islamic architecture and can simultaneously accommodate up to 5,000 worshipers. There is a special balcony for women that can accommodate up to 500 people. For a panoramic view of the city, climb Signal Hill next to the mosque.
Sabah State Museum
The Bukit Istana Lama Museum behind the main mosque is built like a long house of the Murut and Rungus peoples. It contains historical and tribal artifacts, handicrafts and a collection of ceramics. Most of all, visitors are attracted by full-size replicas of traditional houses of six ethnic groups. The museum has a good department of flora and fauna, an art gallery and a science center. The latter has a large exposition on the oil and gas industry of Sabakh.The complex also houses a restaurant, a coffee shop and an ethno-botanical garden with a souvenir shop.
Building of the Sabakh Foundation
This 31-storey structure in Likas Bay, ten minutes on the highway from Kota Kinabalu, is a spectacular futuristic tower clad in a glass case with 72 facets. The building serves as a prominent landmark. Street Fairs Every Sunday, Tamu Street Fairs are held on Jalan Gaya Street. Traders gather here to sell their crops, handicrafts and food.
On a stretch of land facing the sea, the water village of Kampung Ayer is moored with recreational, fishing and cargo boats, and the bustling Central Market is halfway to the shore. Its fish lines amaze with the variety of goods. If you come here early in the morning, you can catch fishermen unloading their catch right on the counters. Meanwhile, all around the Kadazan women are spreading fruits and vegetables fresh from the farms at the foot of Mount Kinabalu.
From Kota Kinabalu, take the express bus along the main highway via Papar, Bongawan and Kimanis to Beaufort. From here the train will take you to Tenom in 4 hours. This area of residence of the Murut people is connected with the state capital by the only railway line on its territory. The roadway snakes, repeating the bends of the Padas River and allowing passengers to admire the splendor of the Padas Gorge. The waters of the river are a good test of the skills of rafting fans.Murut Tenoma live in long houses. They are generous, hospitable people who love fun, songs and dances. Their traditional lifestyle is based on slash farming and hunting. The main local attraction is the Tenom Orchid Garden, of which there are more than 600 species.
This pretty place lies just half an hour on the highway from Kota Kinabalu. The road runs through farms, valleys, rubber plantations and forests. The local agricultural station is worth seeing.
It can also be reached by motorway, covering 38 km among green rice fields and jungle.
Mengkabong Pile Village
Bajau Laut, i.e. sea bajau. They were once a kind of sea gypsies, living in boats or flimsy huts in shallow waters. In Mengkabong, houses are raised on piles dug into the seabed. Sampan boats and canoes are the main means of transportation here.
This town, 77 km from Kota Kinabalu, is experiencing a burst of activity on Sundays with outdoor tamu fairs. Such a fair is the main event in the life of the surrounding tribes, who come here with their goods to share news and gossip at the same time. Bajau riders are engaged in agriculture in these places, dressing for important ceremonies in their costumes embroidered with jewels. During tamu, riders act as pastoralists and are transplanted onto the backs of buffaloes in order to get to the ranks of the livestock.Bajau raise buffaloes for meat or use them to transport goods.
Kadazans live in this village, just 13 km from Kota Kinabalu, supplying the entire region with rice. Every year they celebrate the harvest festival for several days. With fun and jokes on the holidays, they show hope for a fruitful new season. On this occasion, a strong tapai wine is made.
Köningau is 48 km from Tenom, and you can stop here before making further forays into the Murut lands.Peacefully grazing cattle and ponies can be seen everywhere.
Surrounded by rice paddies and gentle hills, this pleasant town is an hour and a half on the highway from Kota Kinabalu and 48 kilometers from Keningau. The local area is famous for its Liching rice wine. The surrounding hills are densely overgrown with bamboo – the result of a British decree that ordered the planting of twenty shoots of this plant instead of one felled one. Crafts can be purchased at both the local Crafts Center and the Tamu Fair every Sunday.You can stop at the Tambunan Village Resort Center or Majora Holiday Farm, secluded corners of the Crocker Range or Pegalan River rafting. Other places of interest around Tambunan are the Rafflesia Forest and Mawah Falls in the jungle on the border of Crocker Range National Park.
This peak rises 4093 m, being one of the highest in Southeast Asia.Its peak reigns over the lands of the Kinabalu National Park, 85 km from Kota Kinabalu. Park with an area of 754 sq. km became the country’s first heritage site of international importance. His directorate is located two hours from the state capital, at an altitude of 1558m. Daytime temperatures here range from 13 to 20o C. The park is popular with mountain climbers and nature lovers who come here to see the local birds, butterflies, mammals and vegetation. From the unusual species of flora, the carnivorous nepentes, orchids and rafflesia, the largest flower of our planet with a diameter of up to 1 meter, grow here.Lowland rain jungles, temperate mountain oaks and alpine conifers coexist within the reserve. A trip through the park, as a rule, includes an ascent to the top of Kinabalu and an examination of the forest paths around the building of the directorate. The ascent and descent take two or three days, depending on the weather conditions and the physical condition of the expedition participants. Several shelters are equipped on the way up. In 1994, 29,000 people conquered the highest point of Mount Lowe.
Poring Hot Springs
The Poring sulfur baths are located 40 km from the Kinabalu National Park Directorate in the open air in a landscape park.The individual concrete tanks are equipped with taps – one with hot mineral water from the spring and the other with cold water – which allows bathers to regulate the temperature. The paths in the dense thickets of the local jungle will lead you to streams, waterfalls and caves. Kudat 238 km north from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat, which managed to be the capital of Sabakh for a short time in 1881, can be overcome by sea or by highway. Rungus, one of the Kadazan tribes, live in these places. Every Sunday, women of this tribe, dressed in knee-length sarong skirts, beads and heavy bronze bracelets, invariably appear at the fair in Sikuati, 23 km from Kudat.The nearby shore with a crushing surf is not suitable for swimming, but very much begs for film. Another beach with a strip of coconut trees stretches five miles from here at Bak-Bak.
Sandakan 386 km separate Kota Kinabalu from Sandakan, located in a bay on the northeastern coast of the state, washed by the Sulu Sea. Renowned as Borneo’s gateway to nature, it is also a bustling port where ships take on board a load of timber, rattan, copra and bird nests.
The city is mostly new, attractions include the Church of St. Michael and the Church of All Angels, the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy, the Buddhist temple Pu Ji Shi, a mosque, the Australian memorial and the Japanese cemetery. The forestry exhibition in the city center has a large collection of flowers and plants from Sabakh, along with crafts and hunting weapons. The House of Orchids houses a collection of rare species of these flowers. Three highways lead outside Sandakan. The Labuk Road takes you back to Kota Kinabalu through plantations, gardens, fields, and forests.Leila Road runs along the coast, offering stunning seascapes with islands where birds and turtles gather at certain seasons to lay their eggs.
The Simsim Road will lead to shrimp canning factories, sawmills and shipyards. From Sandakan, you can go on an afternoon boat excursion to the mouth of the Kinabatangan River, climb to the first village of Kampung Abai and return to the night. Those wishing to spend the night can stay in Sukau.
By boat it is easy to get to the island, which lies not far from Sandakan. Berhala. It is ideal for swimming and picnics. From the lighthouse at the highest point of the island, wonderful pictures can be taken.
This longest river of Sabakh serves as a drainage system for an area of 16754 sq. km. From its source in the mountains of central Borneo, it carries its waters to the Sulu Sea, 330 km away. The lower reaches of the river, which can be reached in three hours by boat, are not suitable for farming, but provide ideal habitats for a variety of animals.The most famous owners of the local forests are monkeys of the Proboscis species, whose pot-bellied males are simply irresistible with their drooping noses. Orangutans, macaques, elephants, clouded leopards, hornbills, crocodiles, civets and otters live side by side with them. From the feathered tribe there are kingfishers, egrets, etc.
In the Sulu Sea, 40 km from Sandakan, there is a nature reserve of 8 islands. The largest of them are Pulau Selingan, Pulau Bakungan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan.From July to October, two types of turtles come here to lay – green and bisque. There are chalets on Pulau Selingan. The way to the islands by boat takes 1 – 3 hours.
There are actually two caves 30 km from Sandakan, and more than a million swifts live in them. 10 min. walking from the registration center is the Simud Hitam cave, where the nests of black swifts are collected. They are not as highly prized as the nests of white swifts from the inner cave complex of Simud Putih.The nests are rented twice a year by specially licensed pickers who use rattan wicker ladders and bamboo poles. The stalactites and stalagmites in the caves are also worth seeing.
Kuching , the state capital, stands on the banks of the Sarawak River, 32 km from the coast. The city is beautiful in its own way. It has old buildings, vibrant markets, parks, gardens, an embankment, a mosque, churches, temples, one of the oldest museums in Asia with an excellent collection of ethnological and archaeological exhibits.Kuching is rich in antiques that can be purchased in shops along Main Bazaar, Wayang Street, and Temple Street. Prices are high, but bargaining is possible.
Tourists are also advised to spend a few hours at the Sunday Bazaar in Jalan Satok, where antiques can be found.
The embankment stretches along the street. Jalan Gambier. Lined up along the street, tents filled with food, fruits and vegetables. There is also a small retail center with clothing stores and handicraft products.
This is a charming palace consisting of three bungalows with verandas. It was built in 1870 by Rajah Charles Brook as a gift of love to his wife, Rani (Queen) Margaret. The palace stands on the undulating meadows of the northern bank of the river. Sarawak and is clearly visible from the Pangkalan Batu pier on the opposite side. This advantageously located structure now houses the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak, where all the most important state events are held.Fort Margarita Near Astana there is a fort built in 1879
It is also dedicated to the wife of Rajah Charles Brook, Mrs. Margaret. The fortification occupies a strategic position over the Sarawak River and was intended to protect the city, primarily from attacks from the sea. After restoration, the fort houses
Courthouse This is also the heritage of the Brook empire. The entrance doors, window bars and the arch of the imposing facade of the building are decorated with elaborate ornaments in the style of the traditions of different peoples of Sarawak.Construction was completed in 1874 and was the seat of the state government during the reign of the white rajas. In 1883, a clock was installed on the building, and in 1924. – a plaque in memory of Rajah Charles. The building is currently occupied by the Supreme Court of East Malaysia.
Main Post Office
Kuching Main Post Office was built during the reign of Rajah Charles Weiner Brook. Its Greek-style portico is supported by Corinthian columns. The façade of the building is unique to the region.The first major highway of Sarawak starts from the post office.
City Tower Square Tower
In keeping with its proud name, the Tower of Kuching, like its London prototype, was originally erected as a prison, with a dungeon at its bottom. The tower itself was added later. True, in the Brook era, the tower no less successfully combined the functions of a fortress and a ballroom.
This building directly opposite the General Post Office is the oldest in Kuching.
The building of the museum, which was inspired by the ideas of Norman architecture, is considered one of the most beautiful in Asia. The fine collection includes ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, as well as permanent exhibitions of the state’s artisans. Many of the items exhibited here were part of the collection of the naturalist A.R. Wallace, who, together with Charles Darwin, created the theory of evolution. Wallace lived long in Borneo and was a good friend of the Brook royal family.In the wings of the museum, Chinese porcelain is exhibited, and there are collections that tell about the way of life of local tribes. A model of the Niach caves is also on display, where traces of human activity were discovered, the age of which reaches 40,000 years. The entrance to the museum is free, the exposition is open on weekdays, except Friday, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. On Sundays and holidays, the museum is open from 9.30 am to 6 pm.
State Main Mosque
The mosque was completed in 1968.It is located on the site of the old wooden Masjid Besar, the “Great Mosque”, erected in 1852. With the growth of the Muslim population, the need for a larger mosque became more and more obvious. It is a magnificent structure with golden domes.
Tua Pek Kong Temple
The oldest temple in the city of Tua Pek Kong is especially famous for the holiday of commemoration of the souls of the departed Wang Kang, celebrated here. The temple was built in 1843, but its existence was officially recognized only in 1876, after the repair and reconstruction.
Kuek Seng Ong Temple
The temple, built in 1895, is named after the deity to whom it is dedicated. Chinese henghua fishermen pray here, asking for a rich catch and a safe return to shore. According to legend, Kuek Seng Ong a thousand years ago was a fisherman in Fujian province and then became a deity, and never leaves prayers addressed to him unanswered.
Skrang River Safari
For a complete Sarawak experience, a visit to the traditional long house is a must.For this, safaris are carried out, the initial stage of which is a four-hour journey by car to the banks of the Skrang River. Further, the path lies downstream of this shallow river, here and there through the rapids, to the long “communal” dwellings of the Iban people, lined with iron wood, standing in rows. The house is divided into adjoining compartments-rooms that open into a long common room for a joint pastime with woodcarving and weaving baskets. Guests are often invited to attend nightly ceremonies and sample the strong homemade tuak rice wine.The Ibans are very welcoming people. There are comfortable hotels to accommodate visitors.
Santubong Fishing Village
This picturesque village, 32 km from Kuching, can be reached by express boat. These sites boast good beaches and valuable archaeological finds. Ancient Hindu and Buddhist rock carvings have been discovered in the Santubong Delta. During the reign of the Chinese Tang and Song dynasties from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Santubong played the role of an important shopping center.Visitors can stay at Government Chalets, but it is recommended to book in advance by contacting the District Office in Kuching.
Folk Culture Village
This “living museum” is located near the village of Santubong, at the foot of the famous mountain of the same name, in a natural jungle. The village is made up of long houses belonging to the different ethnic groups that inhabit the state. Here are exhibited works of folk art and crafts, dances and music of ibans, kayans, kenya and bidayu are performed.
Wildlife Restoration Center in Semengokha
The reserve, where injured or captive orangutans are being rehabilitated, is located 32 km south of Kuching. Representatives of other species, orphaned or illegally captured monkeys, honey badger bears and hornbills, also undergo a recovery cycle here. When visiting the center, the most interesting thing is to catch the feeding time of the animals from 8.30 to 9.00 and from 15.00 to 15.15. The reserve is open daily from 8.00 to 12.45 and from 14.00 to 16.15.
Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak.
It is famous for its caves and is one of the places for active ecotourism. The caves in the Gunung Mulu Nature Reserve are open to the public. The reserve is as big as Singapore and the oldest on earth.
Miri has an international airport, the fifth in all of Malaysia. Therefore, the name Miri sounds more often than Mulu.
Although, it is in Mulu that the Gomatong caves and the reserve itself are located.
The Gunung Mulu caves are open for visitors, where routes of varying degrees of difficulty are laid.Beginners without any equipment can explore the caves of the Drunken Forest, Deer, Clear Water, Lagang and Tower. More difficult to complete and require special inventory of the Stone Horse system – Fern Rock, Cobra Cave, Spider Web, Black Rocks, Simon, Green, Wind, Snake Trail, Benarat Cavities and the world’s largest Sarawak Hall.
The most famous are the Cave of Drawings in the Nyach complex and the Cave of the Fairies in Bau. Until now, the total length of the halls of the Mulu caves, probably one of the longest underground systems in the world, has not been finally determined.
ISLAND HOTELS BORNEO
Bunga Raya Island Resort and Spa 4 *
Gayana Eco Resort 4 *
Lankayan Island Dive Resort 5 *
Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort 4 *
Matt Reef Dive Resort 5 *
Mabulo Beach Resort
Divers Mabul Resort 3 *
Sipadan Water Village 4 *
Seaventures Dive Resort 4 *
Sipadan Mabul Island Resort 4 *
Pom Pom Island Resort 4 *
Layang Layang Island Resort 3 *
Waterfront Labuan Hotel 4 *
All hotels are located on islands large and small.Most of the islands around Borneo are coral, with perfect, large, blinding white sand. These are the most exquisite beaches in the world. And the underwater world near these islands is almost entirely marine reserves.
Sepilok – Orangutan Sanctuary
In this rehabilitation center, animals accustomed to captivity are re-accustomed to life in the jungle. Visitors can see monkeys up close, which is not always possible in other places, given their arboreal lifestyle.The most suitable hours to visit the reserve are from 10.00 to 14.30, when the primates emerge from the forest 20 minutes walk from the building of the center. There, on a special platform, the monkeys are fed. When animals regain the ability to exist independently, they are returned to the jungle. Sepilok, with an area of 5666 hectares, also provides shelter for several other mammals, more than 200 species of birds.
From Malaysia to Hong Kong via Kuala Lumpur
We start the new year with a new country.We celebrated all the holidays in Langkawi and moved from a hot tropical island in Malaysia to the city of skyscrapers Hong Kong. Also an island, only in January it is winter and cold.
Langkawi – Hong Kong
Tickets cost us about $ 180. Bought a month before the trip. Searched the websites of Aviasales and Skyscanner.
The road takes almost the whole day. First, a short flight to Kuala Lumpur. Docking 2.5 hours. Then another 4.5 hours fly to Hong Kong. It is a long time since we have flown so long in an airplane!
We got to Langkawi airport by taxi.We fly both flights with AirAsia. We will receive our luggage in Hong Kong. Immediately after takeoff, we look at the uninhabited islands below.
Penang flew along the way. He’s so small from a height! We saw Batu Ferringhi Beach, our favorite area of Gurney Drive and the Mansion One condo, in which we lived a couple of times.
Penang from a height resembles a bear skin
There was enough time to transfer to KL. We even had breakfast at the airport at the Gloria Jeans coffee shop. Departure to Hong Kong on schedule without delay.
Landing in Hong Kong in clouds, fog and instrument smog.
At passport control, instead of a stamp, a piece of paper is put into the passport. An excellent solution for saving passport pages (not everyone will understand).
We got our luggage at the airport and immediately took the money without commission from the HSBC ATM. Then we bought a map of Octopus. And we got to our hotel by bus for 18 HKD (6 usd). Read also: Cheap Hong Kong Hotels
Dined at McDonald’s so as not to tempt fate with Chinese cafes.
We will tell about Hong Kong in new articles. Do not switch, it will be interesting
Hurray! We are in Hong Kong!
Where to stay in Hong Kong
- Silka Seaview
- Hotel Sav
- Dorsett Wanchai
- The Peninsula Hong Kong
How we prepare for the trip
- We buy tours on Travelata
- We rent hotels through Booking, and apartments for Daily rent.
90,733 We are looking for tickets at Aviasales