Top things to do

Beach in Kota Bharu

Pantai Cahaya Bulan

Kota Bharu’s main beach was once known as Pantai Cinta Berahi, or the Beach of Passionate Love. In keeping with Islamic sensibilities, it’s now known as Pantai Cahaya Bulan (PCB), or Moonlight Beach, but most people…
Market in Kota Bharu

Night Market

The most popular spot for the best and cheapest Malay food in town is KB’s night market, where stalls are set up in the evening. Specialties include ayam percik (marinated chicken on bamboo skewers) and nasi kerabu …
Museum in Kota Bharu

Bank Kerapu

Built in 1912 for the Mercantile Bank of India, the Bank Kerapu building is a gem of colonial-era architecture. It was the first stone structure built in Kelantan, and during WWII, it was the HQ of the Kempai Tai, J…
Malaysian in Kota Bharu

Restoran Capital

For our favourite breakfast, get here before 9am when the excellent nasi kerabu (blue rice with coconut, fish and spices) usually sells out. Nutty rice combines with a variety of subtle Kelantanese curries, and opti…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Istana Jahar

Kota Bharu’s best museum, both in terms of exhibits and structure. It’s housed in a beautiful chocolate-brown building that dates back to 1887, easily one of the most attractive traditional buildings in the city. Th…
Market in Kota Bharu

Central Market

One of the most colourful and active markets in Malaysia, KB’s central market is at its busiest first thing in the morning, and has usually packed up by early afternoon. Downstairs is the produce section, while upst…
Chinese in Kota Bharu

West Lake Eating House

Don’t let the plain decor fool you. West Lake Eating House serves some of the tastiest Chinese fare in Eastern Malaysia. Esoteric dishes like stewed bean curd stuffed with fish cakes and lightly sautéed purple eggpl…
Cafe in Kota Bharu

Bike Station Cafe

Look forward to elevated river views, a huge menu of hot and cold drinks, a tasty array of local snacks (from RM3), and your best chance to meet some young English-speaking locals. Downstairs you can rent bikes to e…
Cafe in Kota Bharu

Kedai Kopi White House

For a classic local experience, pop into this old-school Chinese coffee shop for a tea or coffee while you’re exploring Kota Bharu’s museum precinct. The ambience is straight from decades past, and a lazy brunch of …
Museum in Kota Bharu

Istana Batu

The pale yellow Istana Batu, constructed in 1939, was the crown prince’s palace until donated to the state. The richly furnished rooms give a surprisingly intimate insight into royal life, with family photos and per…