Visiting Kota Kinabalu city and looking to eat like a local instead of western/fast food? Below is the 10 foods you must try when visiting Kota Kinabalu. There are actually more than 10 foods to try as some shops serve few variety foods. All the eateries listed below are located within Kota Kinabalu city area and you can easily walk around the city. Happy discovering Kota Kinabalu!
Open Breakfast Only
Ang Kim Lam Coffee shop
Serve Kon Lau mee ( dark sauce dry stirred noodle). Very popular with the local and prepare to wait for more than half an hour for your plate of delicious noodle to be served. You can’t go wrong with the Kon lau Mee as the dark sauce mix well with the noodle or you can also choose the soup noodle version which is equally good.
Opening hour: early 6am till 10am
Location: Located at Corner shop at Kampung air, facing the big roundabout and former Cathay cineplex
GPS location : 5.9779662N 116.0746604E
Seng Hing Coffee shop
serve one of the best Tom Yam seafood noodles in town. Serve with fresh prawn and great tom yam soup. They also serve good Tuaran Mee.
Opening hour : 7am to 4pm
Location : Lot 10, Ground Floor, Sinsuran Complex (Lorong Sinsuran 2B),
GPS Location : 5.9804978N 116.0725817E
Kim Hing Lee coffee Shop
the first Coffee shop in Kota Kinabalu to serve Sang Nyuk Mian ( pork noodle ) Sabah is famous for its own version of Pork noodle. Serve with thinly sliced pork and innards. The Kon lau version (dry stirred with dark sauce) is also highly recommended.
Opening hour: 7am to 3pm
Location: Blk F, Lot 7, Sinsuran Complex
GPS Location : 5.9802443N 116.0725817E
Yee Fung Coffee shop
Located at Gaya Street and famous for their Laksa. They also serve hot pot chicken rice and beef noodle if you prefer nonspicy food. Do try their teh tarik (pulled tea)
Opening hour: 7am to 4pm
Location: 127, Jalan Haji Saman
GPS Location : 5.9824584N 116.0765889E
Sri Latha Curry house
Looking for Indian food? drop by Sri Latha Curry house at Bandaran Berjaya area and try their highly recommended banana leaf rice. you can choose chicken or lamb meat to go with the vegetarian leaf rice set. The area is a bit hidden so do take note on the exact location before getting there.
Opening hour: 7am to 4pm
Location: 28 Jalan Berjaya 4
GPS Location: 5.9768618N 116.0764039E
Lunch and tea Time
Kedai Kopi Yuit Cheong
Yuit Cheong is considered one of the oldest coffee shops in Kota Kinabalu as it is Yuit Cheong is established in 1896! Yuit Cheong coffee shop is known for its satay, with the selection of beef and chicken. If you looking for something different, then you must try the satay perut(beef tripe)
Lunch and Dinner
Sabah is famous for its seafood and the most convenient place to have good and reasonably priced seafood is at Welcome Seafood, Asia City. Open during the lunch hour and dinner time. The place packed with tourist from 5pm onwards.
Opening hour: 11.30 am to 2pm, 4.30 pm to 10pm
Location: Lot G 18, Ground Floor, Kompleks Asia City, Phase 2A, Jalan Asia City
GPS Location: 5.9749971N 116.0730377E
Fatt Kee Coffee Shop
Serve Chinese food and famous for its Chicken wing. Locals usually call it Ang’s Hotel as the shop is located below the Hotel. Price is reasonably cheap and the food is tasty.
Opening hour : 5pm to 11pm
Location : Ang’s Hotel, Beach Street,
GPS Location: 5.9848219, 116.0764843
Yu kee Bak Kut Teh
The most popular Bak Kut Teh for the locals and tourist.
Opening hour: 4.30 pm to 11pm
Location: 74, Jalan Gaya
GPS Location: 5.9846672N 116.0774311E
Fook Yuen Bakery Cafe
Favorite place for the locals to have bread, coffee, and tea. The cold butter kaya bread or simple call Roti Kahwin is the signature food at Fook Yuen. They also served extensive foods from noodle to dim sums.
Opening hour : 7am to 12am
Gaya Street Branch
Jubilee Tower, Gaya Street
GPS Location : 5.9850834N 116.0780132E
Asia City Branch
Star City, Asia City
GPS Location: 5.9758508N 116.0725093E