Central Market & Handicraft Market

Two very different markets

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Though they are located side by side on Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, these two markets cater to very different needs.

The sprawling Central Market is where locals come to shop for dried fish, spices, fruit and other household essentials. It's very photogenic and the vendors are happy to pose with the catch of the day, but you'll likely leave empty-handed.

The Handicraft Market (also known as the Filipino Market) is where you'll find every souvenir imaginable under one roof. The colourful complex is literally stacked to the rafters with souvenir T-shirts, stuffed orangutans, sarongs, tribal carvings and locally-harvested pearls. Though competition is stiff, the sellers are easygoing and you won't feel pressured.

Bargaining is a must.

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Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 18:00
Last updated: 27th February, 2013

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