Gaya Street Sunday Market
Gaya Street Sunday Market
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Shukry Abdullah
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia81 contributions
Couples
This market opens for visitors starting from 6 AM until 12 PM every Sunday. You can find local foods, souvenirs, pets, plants, flowers, shirts, coffee, shoes. I visited Gaya Street Sunday Market in Kota Kinabalu city center in the middle of January 2022. Overall the place is clean and not too crowded due to Covid-19 restriction. You can walk for about 700 meters along the market. To enter you must scan body temperature and most already complete 2 dose of vaccine. Will come back for sure.
Written January 15, 2022
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Talitha M
Arnhem, The Netherlands1,950 contributions
Friends
This market is huge, lots of stuff (souvenirs, clothes, etc) and some fruit/veggies in a seperate area. Also nice restsurants for lunch. We also went to the nightmarket on saturday, which is mostly food but soooo good!!!
Written February 26, 2020
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sher88
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia578 contributions
Visited during Raya 2019. This was my 3rd visit after a few years. It has improved in the variety of stalls but still mostly selling the same touristy stuff. Good place for getting souvenirs as you can bargain. Tried the infamous blended watermelon juice and it was really refreshing especially in the hot weather. Great place to stroll would definitely recommend to others.
Written October 20, 2020
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FootyboyMalaysia
Malaysia627 contributions
If you are in Kota Kinabalu on a Sunday, this place is a must. Try starting from the side near the Mandarin Hotel.

You'll find all sorts of things in this street market: souveniers, freshly ground coffee powder, art and handicraft, food, herbs (ant nests included - never asked what it was for), pets, fresh produce - just about anything. A very colourful place indeed.

Go early so that it won't be too hot as it can get pretty hot and crowded. Transport to and from this place is not a problem. Loads of taxis around.

Check out the coffee shops on the side of the market. If you walk along the right behind the stalls as you enter thorugh the arch (from the Mandarin Hotel end), you will come across a coffee shop (Yuen Foong I think) selling pork noodles and laksa (coconut milk curry noodles). You will see why the locals love this place. It is perpetually packed during breakfast right up to lunch.

You can easily spend a few hours at this place on a Sunday. There were a number of tourists there when I was there but it has managed to remain not so touristy. The locals love this place as well.
Written March 19, 2008
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HeartTravelLondon
London7 contributions
The market is interesting for an hour, but I agree, don't make any special effort to be around on a Sunday just to visit it. There are other markets in KK city that are (in my opinion) even more interesting, and open every day. Visit Central Market, and Handicraft Market, right next door to one another, and open every day.
Written July 2, 2009
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SeraOnEarth
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia39 contributions
Family
I’m a local and have been to this market countless of times. It’s just one of the places where you’ll never get bored because there is just a lot to see. I can practically memorise each stall at this point but there are reasons why I still go. It’s really amusing to see old ladies and selling local foods and clothes from different ethnicity. My tip for tourist is to go really early to avoid the hot glaring sun. Unless you’re looking to get some tan, wear sunglasses, a hat, a small foldable fan and also a bottle of water ( trust me, you’ll need it). Before it get too crowded and find yourself drowing in a sea of other sweating homo sapiens, try to go early around 6-7am and you’ll be skipping along the lanes with a huge smile. The good thing about this market is, when you feel hungry, there are pit stops everywhere to refuel :D Have fun exploring this market. Oh, try not to bring your umbrella, unles u have a teeny tiny one, it won’t work walking in close proximity to each other.
Written November 9, 2017
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Alex J
Athens, Greece1,161 contributions
Couples
Our hotel was right across this market so we spent about an hour there. The market is bustling until around 2 pm, then most stalls are dismantled.
Prices are acceptable to high. Many refuse to engage in bargaining.
As we realized later on though, this one of the few places you can find traditional handicrafts, are 'normal' prices.
Annoying: the cars and vans that drive through the market and the crowds, forcing you at times to either jump into a stand of sarongs or sacrifice your foot to a car tire.
Extremely annoying: the animals that are sold, such as dogs, in tiny cages, often stacked on top of each other, often placed in the sun. Made me wonder whether there are no legal penalties in cases of animal abuse.
Written September 21, 2017
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Soph
Gloucester, UK79 contributions
Friends
Studying Animal Management at college. We went to the sunday market to shop and got to see how animals are kept in Malaysia when on sale.Dogs and cats kept in small cages with no bedding and no water!!! (walking and led on cages) in 35 degree heat which made me want to cry!!! Not only was there dogs and cats, there were also rabbits, fish etc. If only they had the law they do in England 'Animal welfare Act 2006' etc. if you don't like seeing animals in pain then you don't want to visit this market!.
Written May 18, 2015
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c_eileen_1
Torquay, England, United Kingdom38 contributions
Do not go here unless you want to see cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs crammed in cages and turtles and fish in bags. They look drugged up and in a very bad way - blind, in pain, can barely stand up in the cage, fleas, etc. They have barely any water and the locals just come along and poke them and try and touch them. They think it's cute. I left in tears and can't get the image out of my head. Moreover I didn't buy anything there it's all rubbish. Every stall selling the same thing. See the pictures I have uploaded.
Written June 2, 2014
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Syme0n
Adelaide, Australia2,054 contributions
Solo
Makeshift stalls start setting up as early as 5.30 am so the word of advise is to get there early to avoid the headaches of finding a parking slot. Other options and better that is, is to make use of the public transportation and go about on foot. Like the Bugis Street in Singapore, Petaling Street in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Jonker Walk in Malacca and Lorong Kulit in Penang, Gaya Street is Kota Kinabalu's own cultural heritage of keeping up and maintaining their local trademark of a bustling Sunday market where trades go on since historic past. The similar practice can be seen elsewhere in the outlying districts of Kota Kinabalu and even the interior divisions if you're looking into other options.

Be prepared to squish amongst a great amount of crowds under the sweltering heat unless you go early. A great amount of things are sold here ranging from drinks, finger foods, souvenirs, T-shirts, handicrafts and pet kittens/puppies! They even have tortoises and fighting fish for sale. The side shops where their five foot ways are used to commute between the whole length of the street also serve breakfast depending on your taste. Unlike the more expensive individual stalls in malls and hypermarts, the Sunday market at Gaya Street is ideal for last minute shopping. And they are cheaper too!
Written September 29, 2013
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