First time visiting Kota Kinabalu? Not sure what to expect from Kota Kinabalu and where to find the food? Worry not as we get you covered.
For so long, Sabahans have felt put off by the suggestion from outsiders that there is nothing to eat in Sabah. But of course, whatever Chinese food is elsewhere can also be found and enjoyed in Sabah. Apart from her ethnic food, namely Kadazandusun, Bajau, Malay, Indian and Nyonya, the food from the Chinese community in Sabah is no less delicious, innovative, intense, and authentic than those elsewhere.
A good way to start experiencing Kota Kinabalu is by discovering the local Kopitiam (Coffee shop). Locals from different races and religions gather and enjoy the foods.
Discover Kota Kinabalu City Food
If you have 2 to 3 days in Kota Kinabalu City area, you can discover the foods around the city. Kota Kinabalu City is compact and you can easily walk around the city to discover the foods.
Check https://www.sabaheats.com/kkcityfood/ for guide to food at Kota Kinabalu City
Order drinks like a local at Coffee Shop
If you want to try local food, the best place to start is by exploring the local coffee shop around the city. Local Sabahan likes to order drinks to go with their foods. Refer to the guide below to order the drinks from the staff.
Night at Kota Kinabalu City
Looking for places to hang out at night? A visit to Waterfront Kota Kinabalu is a must as there is a wide selection of foods and chill while enjoying the sea breeze.
Check out the ultimate guide to Kota Kinabalu waterfront at https://www.sabaheats.com/ultimate-guide-restaurants-bars-waterfront-kota-kinabalu/
If you like to stay up late, why not head out and find some food and local’s favorite supper place https://www.sabaheats.com/best-local-supper-spot-kota-kinabalu-beat-late-night-cravings/
Noodle culture in Sabah
One thing you will realize then is there are many different kinds of noodles found at the local coffee shop and restaurant. Check out the many types of noodles in Sabah and their origin. Some of the noodles may found near KK city area so you may have to travel to the suburb area to find it.
Visit https://www.sabaheats.com/oodles-noodles-many-types-noodles-sabah/ for the many types of noodles in Sabah and story behind the noodles
Coffee Street at Jalan Dewan
If you want to explore the local cafe scene in Kota Kinabalu, the best place to start is by exploring Jalan Dewan which is located right at the edge of Kota Kinabalu City.
For more information about cafes at Jalan Dewan, visit https://www.sabaheats.com/changing-face-jalan-dewan/
Food Trail Map of Kota Kinabalu City and Kota Kinabalu area
If you want to discover more foods around Kota Kinabalu area, you can download the Food Trail Map (below) and start your discovery.