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Top Choice Art in Kota Kinabalu

Cracko Art Gallery

Made up of a group of brilliantly talented KK artists, high up on the 3rd floor (look for the Cracko sign outside on the street), you'll find a vivid working studio of abstract and figurative art, stunning jewellery…
Top Choice Seafood in Kota Kinabalu

Alu-Alu Kitchen

Drab on the outside, perhaps, but this restaurant wears its stripes in the tastiness of its food, and the fact it gets its seafood from sustainable sources – no shark-fin soup here. Alu-Alu excels in taking the Chin…
Top Choice Cafe in Kota Kinabalu

Print Cafe

In the backpacker street of Lg Dewan, this brilliant cafe is a cool (in both senses of the word) place to catch your breath, read a book or play Jenga at one of its tables. Excellent coffee, papaya and orange shakes…
Top Choice Indian in Kota Kinabalu


Come to this silk-festooned waterfront restaurant, for northern Indian cuisine and classic dishes ranging from chicken tikka masala to prawn biryani and lamb rogan josh. The aromas from its tandoori oven are mouthwa…
Top Choice Bar in Kota Kinabalu

El Centro

El Centro is understandably popular with local expats and travellers alike; it's friendly, the food is good and it makes for a nice spot to meet other travellers. Cool tunes, non smokey, and a laid-back vibe, El Cen…
Top Choice Hawker in Kota Kinabalu

Night Market

The night market is the best, cheapest and most interesting place in KK for barbecued squid, ray and a vast selection of delicious seafood cooked up right before your eyes. Vegetarian options available.
Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Mari Mari Cultural Village

With three-hour tours at 10am, 2pm or 6pm, Mari Mari showcases various traditional homes of Sabahan ethnic communities – the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun – all of which are built by descendants of the tr…
Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Sabah Museum

About 2km south of the city centre, this refurbished museum is the best place to go in KK for an introduction to Sabah's ethnicities and environments, with new signage and clear explanations. Expect tribal and histo…
Zoo in Kota Kinabalu

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

About an hour from KK (20km), a visit to this zoo offers a chance to see Sabah's creatures if you are unable to spot them in their natural environment. We warn you, however, that the tiger and sun bear enclosures ar…
Museum in Kota Kinabalu

Museum of Islamic Civilisation

This museum consists of six galleries devoted to Muslim culture and Malaysian history. The five domes represent the holy Five Pillars of Islam. It's in need of a facelift and an update, but can fill up an hour or tw…