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Sunday Market Gaya Street Kota Kinabalu

by Ismail N   ·  8 years ago   ·  

Sunday Market Gaya Street Kota Kinabalu

Sunday Market Gaya Street : Every Sunday morning, from 6am till noon, the whole stretch of Gaya Street, from Jesselton Hotel to the DBKK building will be closed-off to motorist and instead will be lined with blue-coloured stalls offering thousands of colourful or sparkling goodies to tempt your interest whether you’re a kid or an adult – there’re always something for everybody.

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What Can You Find At Sunday Market Gaya Street?

Whenever my family go to the Gaya Street Sunday Market or ‘Sunday Fair’, our main destination is all the pet stalls.  The kids just love to view the many varieties of animals displayed.  There are puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, tortoise and fish.  Some of them are so active and playful that we feel like taking them home in that instant.

Although we pitied the dear creatures confined in the cage, as long as there is no law that disallow it, then all we can do is watch and not buy.

By the way, some of the pets can fetch up to RM1,800 each!




sabah crafts

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Local Coffee Anyone?

On my part, my main interest is always the freshly ground local coffee.  The aroma is so strong, you know when you are getting near, not merely because of the sound of the grinder.

You have the option of buying the coffee beans or have them grounded for you.

Borneo Black Coffee


Sabah Snake Grass And Mangga King

The popular Sabah Snake Grass, said to be cure for cancer, is also sold in abundance at the Sunday Market.  Of course, the Musang King, the Mangga King, the ‘cepat berbuah’ rambutan and all other fruit trees (with similar magnificent claims) also impressed us a lot but not enough for us to carry home, except for 3 humble eggplant seedlings.

To increase the probability of at least 1 seedling surviving until fruition, we only kept 1 to ourselves and the other 2 distributed to other more able, better gardeners with the understanding that we will each share the bounty, if any. 😀

Sabah Snake Grass

mangga king

Sunday Market Gaya Street

Free Entertainment @ Sunday Market

During our recent visit at the Gaya Street Sunday Market, SM Kian Kok Chinese Orchestra entertained the crowd to promote their up-coming concert, I guess.

It was quite impressive and garnered quite an audience among the crowd.

It is not everyday that we get to see and listen to a Chinese orchestra.

SM Kian Kok Chinese Orchestra

Gaya Street Sunday Market

stalls at Sunday Market



To those who are interested to visit the Gaya Street Sunday Fair, I’d advise them to come very early!

Preferably before 7am, not just to avoid the heat of the rising sun and the throng of hundreds of shoppers, but also to get better parking space.  Parking at the Horizon Hotel Kota Kinabalu (just a few steps away from the Sunday Market) should be a last resort, unless you’re willing to fork out RM6 for the first hour and an additional RM2 every subsequent hour.

– Sunday Market Gaya Street Kota Kinabalu



  1. chetan patil

    one good place to find some local stuff at negotiable rates, just be aware of the time, all shops closes by noon.

  2. Mus

    agak lama dah tak ke sana..

  3. lama gila tak datang sini wehh..

  4. Wow, lot of stuff available there. 🙂

  5. Macam2 ada.
    Tapi okla kalau abah Snake Grass boleh ubati cancer..
    Kita cuba merawat dari merebak, kan?

    1. Harap2 lah. Ramai yg ckp snake grass ada kesan utk cancer. wallahualam….


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