Shopping in Sabah
If you want to go shopping in Sabah, then head to Kota Kinabalu, as all major malls and shopping centres are located here. Bigger shopping malls offer everything and anything from food, clothes to knick knacks. Also they include supplementary facilities like restaurants, cinema theatres, resting rooms, variety in shopping, etc. If you want to buy anything specific like books or electronic items then there are definite shops that sell only these items. VCD’s, DVD’s and electronic items are quite cheap in Malaysia so people throng to buy them. Also as watersports, diving, trekking is quite popular in Sabah, equipments related to these recreational sports are also much sought after.
In other major towns in Sabah (Sandakan, Tawau, Keningau, Kudat) you will find smaller malls that cater mainly to the local population and you might not find the same variety as in Kota Kinabalu. However, you will always find everything should you suddenly run out of films, batteries, food provisions and mineral water, and even basic medical supplies.
Overall there are 5 large and 2 medium shopping malls in Kota Kinabalu. The largest is Centre Point, located on a 4-acre site in the centre of of KK and adjacent to the regional bus terminal. It has been operational since the early 90s and offers the largest choice. The second largest is the Karamunsing Complex. Amongst the newest malls is the KK Plaza Mall, which has only opened in 2001. It is located adjacent to the Kota Kinabalu City Central Market. Other smaller malls are Wawasan 2020 Mall, and the Likas Square Mall, which is slightly out of the downtown area, and Wisma Sabah, located next to the Wisma Merdeka Complex. At Wisma Sabah you find most tour operators and dive companies.