Gaya Street Fair On Sunday


It has been quite a while since I have been to the Gaya Street Fair on Sunday in Kota Kinabalu. Although it was a hot Sunday, it was quite interesting to see what was happening there.

Surprisingly, I met quite a few friends there, a family from Kuala Lumpur spending their holiday in Sabah, and some local friends.

Gaya Street Fair has been around for more than a decade. It started off as a place for locals to visit and small traders to ply their trade Tamu (bazaar) style. Judging by the crowd, it still proves to be as popular now as when it started. It is also a place for tourists to see some of our local products and handicrafts.

Gaya Street Kota Kinabalu

Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Gaya street fair

Sunday Bazaar at Gaya Street

What You Will Find At Gaya Street Fair
The street fair is targeted at locals, so you will get a fair price when you shop there. Very little overheads makes the prices way cheaper than the shopping malls. It has everything you would typically see in a bazaar:

  • Homemade cake and snacks
  • Homebrewed drinks
  • Traditional handicrafts
  • Pets
  • Clothing
  • Everyday tools
  • Toys
  • Live music
  • Souvenirs

Stall in Gaya Street

Handicraft stall in Gaya Street

Souvenir Stall on Gaya Street Bazaar

Souvenir Stall on Gaya Street Bazaar

Shopping At the Bazaar

If you are a visitor to Sabah, this is a good place to pick up souvenirs and handicrafts. Although most of the items will not be made in Sabah, things like mass-produced t-shirts and shiny fridge magnets. Typically, if the item is made of stone, wood and other local materials, it will be authentic. Traditional crafts are woven baskets and straw hats, which are still used by many people these days.

Generally, it is safe to buy if you see the locals buy from the stall. Don’t be shy to ask for a discount, but don’t be pushy about it. Most of the items have price tags but it never hurts to ask.

Gaya Street stall

Sabah souvenir t-shirts


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