Location: Next to the Ocean, right behind the Pasar Besar building in Kota Kinabalu (Grand or Central Market).
Time needed for exploring: 15 minutes – 1 hour
Every town or city on the planet should have a fish market like the Kota Kinabalu fish night and day market in Borneo, Malaysia. Both locals 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 to enjoy the best-grilled seafood delicacies. The seafood in the marketplace is always day-fresh. Anyone who likes fresh fish on the grill or steamed crab will see the Kota Kinabalu Fish Market as seafood heaven on earth. The best part is that its open night and day.
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 night and day time fish market. The fish market is a seafood heaven for food lovers, during night and day time.
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 marketplace. 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 Northside of town
The fish market is to be found in the northern 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 to 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.