Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Sabah 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,…
Top Choice Food Truck in Kota Kinabalu

A-Square Night Market

Part of KK's food revolution, this night market consists of around three dozen food containers, all selling some kick-ass edible. Standout stalls include Devil Laksa (self-explanatory), Sugbu Express (Filipino class…
Top Choice Hawker in Kota Kinabalu

Night Market

There may be garbage and fish guts underfoot, and the dining may be as simple as can be – just some plastic tables under some tarpaulin – but the air is smoky and redolent of grilling seafood, chicken hearts on skew…
Top Choice Fusion in Kota Kinabalu

Chilli Vanilla

This cosy bijou cafe is run by a Hungarian chef and is a real fave with travellers thanks to its central location. The well-thought-out menu makes an eclectic voyage through goulash, smoked duck salad, Moroccan lamb…
Top Choice Coffee in Kota Kinabalu

October Coffee House

Adding more appeal to backpacker street Lg Dewan, October is welcoming with a wood-accented interior and cosy mezzanine, arguably the best coffee in town, herbal teas, French toast, juices and cakes. The food's as g…
Top Choice Japanese in Kota Kinabalu

Sakagura Japanese Restaurant

A chorus of welcomes greets you as you walk into this minimalist Japanese place and a joyful call-and-response from the staff conveys your order to the chef. Choose from bento boxes, sashimi spreads and more. Good s…
Top Choice Indian in Kota Kinabalu

Sri Latha Curry House

Particularly good for its veggie thalis, this unassuming spot serves its spread of Indian dishes on banana leaves in a busy, cafeteria-like setting. Get here early at lunchtime to get a seat.
Top Choice Seafood in Kota Kinabalu

Todak Waterfront

Flaming woks, crowds of customers and tables of glistening fish and squid, crabs, prawns and lobster, all within a few metres of the fishing boats bobbing on their moorings. This is a nicer way to enjoy a fresh seaf…
Coffee in Kota Kinabalu

Nook Cafe

There's much to like about this cavernous coffee shop, strewn with rattan and bamboo furniture: the quality of the beans, a chilled environment in which to tap on your laptop, a tranquil covered garden out back, and…
Malaysian in Kota Kinabalu

Kedai Kopi Yee Fung

By far the best place in town to try authentic laksa, this place gets totally packed during lunchtime. You'll be directed to your plastic seat with military precision; slurp up your bowl of laksa and be on your way …