Gaya Street

The best place to shop and eat

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What we say: 4 stars



This street has been the best place in KK to shop and eat for more than 100 years, and is still going strong.

The red gate at the start of Gaya Street is a nod to the Chinese traders who originally settled here, but today it's the tourist heart of the city with cafes, bars, backpackers hostels and boutique hotels.

It's still a great place for Chinese food, and many of the noodle and dim sum restaurants are generations old. Every Sunday Gaya Street is closed to traffic from 06:00 to 13:00 to become Kota Kinabalu's busiest street market with hawkers offering everything from local sweets to songbirds to foot massages. If you happen to be in KK on a Sunday it's a must-see.

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Last updated: 27th February, 2013

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