Bandar Seri Begawan

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Top ChoiceMosque in Bandar Seri Begawan

Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Built in 1992 to celebrate the 25th year of the current sultan's reign, Brunei's largest mosque dominates its surroundings. It's impossible to miss the gleaming domes and four terrazzo-tiled minarets as you head...

Top ChoiceMarket in Bandar Seri Begawan

Pasar Belbagai Barangan Gadong

Thanks to its authentic local snacks and dishes (grilled meats on skewers, noodle soups, barbecued fish, rice topped with chicken and sambal etc), this night market near the Gadong Mall is one of Brunei's...

Top ChoiceFusion in Bandar Seri Begawan

Alter Ego Fusion

It's hard to pin down Alter Ego, except to say that it's one of BSB's most creative offerings, served in an equally impressive space that looks like the coffee shop of your dreams crossed with a jazz bar. Expect...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Bandar Seri Begawan

Kaizen Sushi

When Bandar residents want to impress, they take guests to this sleek restaurant on the waterfront, where potted bamboo plants set the scene for some excellent Japanese food, from freshly sliced sushi and sashimi...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Bandar Seri Begawan

Roasted Sip

Everything a mini-temple to the bean should be, this coffee roastery draws Bruneians from BSB all the way to Jerudong. There's a good mix of coffees here from Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and Ethiopia, prepared...

Top ChoiceCafe in Bandar Seri Begawan

Rack & Brew

'Coffee is always a good idea' announces a poster on the wall of this funky cafe, and we concur. It's good coffee, too; locals come here for the caffeine hit and the epic breakfasts, from soft-shell crab...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Bandar Seri Begawan

Royal Regalia Museum

Royal Regalia Museum

When called upon to present a gift to the sultan of Brunei, you must inevitably confront the question: what do you give a man who has everything? At this entertaining, dome-capped museum you'll see how heads of...

Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei (the late father of the current sultan), Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien is surrounded by an artificial lagoon that serves as a reflecting pool, mirroring its gleaming golden...

Shopping Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan

The Mall

BSB's prime shopping location offers four floors of Asian and global brands, plus a striking ceiling mural of a Royal Brunei Airlines plane careering across the sky. There's a useful supermarket, an excellent and...

Bruneian in Bandar Seri Begawan

Nasi Katok Mama

Locals queue at night for a cheap snack of nasi kotok at this tiny shopfront. Rice, rich, oniony sambal and a piece of fried chicken (or fishball or tofu) are placed in a paper cone, you hand over a dollar and...

Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan

Malay Technology Museum

This absorbing museum focuses on the traditional lifestyle and artisanship of Brunei's ethnic groups, using re-creations of tribal villages from across the country.

Village in Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer

Kampong Ayer

Home to around 30,000 people, Kampong Ayer consists of 42 contiguous stilt villages built along both banks of the Sungai Brunei (Brunei River). A century ago, half of Brunei's Malay population lived here, but...

Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan

Brunei Museum

Brunei's interesting national museum has an Islamic art gallery, exhibits depicting Brunei's role in Southeast Asian history from the arrival of the Spanish and Portuguese in the 16th century to the modern day,...

Palace in Bandar Seri Begawan

Istana Nurul Iman

Istana Nurul Iman

The sultan's official residence, the world's largest residential palace, is more than four times the size of the Palace of Versailles. It has 1788 rooms, air-conditioned stables for the sultan's polo ponies, gold...

Museum in Bandar Seri Begawan

Brunei Darussalam Maritime Museum

The skeleton of a 15th-century Chinese sailing ship, lined with ceramic vessels, greets you as you step into the main hall inside this gleaming building at Kota Batu, 5km east of the city centre. On display are...

Gallery in Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery

A good place to start a visit to Kampong Ayer – and get acquainted with Brunei's pre-oil boom culture – is this interesting museum and cultural centre, directly across the river from the waterfront in BSB. Opened...

Bruneian in Bandar Seri Begawan

Aminah Arif

Aminah Arif is synonymous with ambuyat (thick, glue-like sago gloop), Brunei's signature dish, served with a hot dipping sauce flavoured with kasturi lime and an assortment of meat, fish and vegetable sides. If...

Park in Bandar Seri Begawan

Taman Peranginan Tasek

If you need a reminder that just beyond BSB's air-conditioned malls lies the Bornean jungle, this city park, with its background chorus of buzzing, chirping and rustling rainforest sounds, should do it....

Arts & Crafts in Bandar Seri Begawan

Arts & Handicrafts Training Centre

Sells silverwork, carved wood items, ornamental silver cannons (B$1000) and gong sets (B$1400), handmade, embroidered shirts (B$897) and sinjang (embroidered cloth traditionally worn by local men around their...

Market in Bandar Seri Begawan

Tamu Kianggeh

The covered market set amid canals to the east of the waterfront is a lively place in the mornings, when locals gather to buy ingredients – strange and exotic herbs and spices, big bunches of lemongrass, wild...