Location: Next to the Ocean, right behind the Pasar Besar building in Kota Kinabalu (Grand or Central Market).
Time needed to explore: 15 minutes – 1 hour
Every town or city on the planet should have a fish market like the Kota Kinabalu fish market in Borneo, Malaysia. Both local as tourists roam this fish market to buy amazing and very affordable seafood. There is also an option to take a seat in one of the restaurants next to the fish market enjoy the best-grilled seafood delicacies. The seafood in Kota Kinabalu fish market is always day-fresh. Anyone who likes fresh fish on the grill or steamed crab will see the Kota Kinabalu Fish Market as a seafood heaven on earth.
Lobster, Clams, Crabs, Fish and other Seafood delicacies
Anything from lobsters, to clams, shells, crabs and many different kinds of fish can be found in the Kota Kinabalu fish market. The fish market is a seafood heaven for food lovers.
What to do when you are hungry and you are walking around the market:
- Choose a fish market restaurant and take a seat at a table
- Order some drinks in the meantime
- Go to the large tables full of fish and choose the seafood you want to eat
- Take a seat at your table again and wait for the chefs to prepare your seafood.
- Bon appetit!
Hot grills fired up with charcoal, decorated with tasty seafood are to be found in the Kota Kinabalu fish market. Almost anything that lives in the sea and is edible, can be found in the fish market in Kota Kinabalu.
Kota Kinabalu Fish Market is located on the North side of town
The fish market is to be found at the north seaside part of Kota Kinabalu. The market area is just next to the Le Meridien Hotel. So, when you see the Le Meridien, then you are very close to it. If you still can’t find the market, don’t hesitate to ask someone to point it out for you on the street.
Other street markets like a handicraft market, a salted (dried) fish market, fruits & vegetable market can also be found in the neighborhood of the Kota Kinabalu fish market.
My suggestion is that when you end up in Kota Kinabalu in Borneo, stay in town for a couple of days and definitely visit this fish market more than once and try out different kinds of seafood.
There are many amazing activities and places to see in the neighborhood of Kota Kinabalu. You can either go search for a legendary Rafflesia flower, climb the second largest mountain in Asia, visit a tropical rainforest game reserve or take a boat to one of the tropical islands just North of Kota Kinabalu.