Discover Filipino Market - Kota Kinabalu
If you're an overseas Filipino worker missing home, or just a traveller who's experienced the Philippines and wishes to bring back a piece of the islands with you, Trip Guru is happy to recommend that you visit the Filipino Market, for all your Philippine-made handicrafts and culinary needs. You would be surprised at how competitively low the prices of market food can be, and on a whole, these are far cheaper than the local malls in Kota Kinbalu.
The Filipino market consists of different kinds of fruits and vegetables, and crafts. You can also head onto the wet market and find fresh seafood, where they can also cook it for you. The market is the best place to shop for T-shirts, dried seafood and other souvenirs, and don't forget to bargain to ensure that you get the best price available. This is also a nice place to look for jewelry, as the vendors will agree to a discount if you buy pearls in bulk. For the dried seafood, there are dried prawns, salted dried fish, scallops seaweed and even anchovies. During the evenings, from 5:30pm onwards, you can find different kinds of Indonesian, Filipino, Chinese and Malay foods taking up the largest area of the stalls.
If you would like to bargain, in order to get the best prices possible, knowing how to speak basic Malay is a plus. Try your best to bargain like a local—and whatever you do, don’t point at something and ask what it is. Try your best to act like you’ve seen it all before, lest they take you for an inexperienced shopper and refuse when you ask for a bargain.
To get to the Filipino Market from Kota Kinbalu, you can take a quick six-minute walk, as of this writing. Head northeast on Lorong Sinsuran towards Lorong Sinsuran 2A, then turn right to Jalan Sembilan Belas. Turn left onto Jalan Tun Razak, and then turn left onto Jalan Pejabat Pos Besar. Finally, when you turn left onto Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, you will find the Filipino market to your right. Its full address is Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu 88000, Malaysia.