Kota Kinabalu is the starting point for seeing the natural wonders of Malaysian Borneo and serves as its hub. Kota Kinabalu was formerly a small fishing town known as Api-Api. In 1899, when it was still under British colonial rule, the area adopted the name Jesselton. In 1967, the town was renamed Kota Kinabalu to honour the nearby Mount Kinabalu. The Atkinson Clock Tower and the Sabah Tourism Board building (the former Jesselton Post Office) are two of the few remaining World War II era landmarks. Combined with the fast-developing city and the large, towering old trees that line the edge of Signal Hill, these historical landmarks give Kota Kinabalu its distinctive aesthetic character.
The waterfront of the popular Kota Kinabalu resort, which features a marina and a golf course in addition to several hip bars, restaurants, and hotel chains. Here are the top 10 places you can enjoy your late night supper in Kota Kinabalu.
1. Brass Monkey Cafe & Bar
Great time at the Brass Monkey. There were many laughs and good meals. The owner is a real gem who took care of us and made us laugh a lot. A pleasant atmosphere with a bit of magic. The eating area was open and airy. The owner is kind and makes sure that the food is at its best for his customers. Gave us a warm feeling about the meal as a whole. The crab pasta, the rib eye steak, mushroom soup, mango seafood salad and the famous dessert, swinging to the Rhythm of the Jungle.
Address: Lot No 1-0 Lorong Lintas Plaza 4 Lintas Plaza, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
2. El Cantro
Good place to cool off and find food that tastes more like home. The salads and three bean stew are both great. The cocktails are made really well and taste great.The staff is friendly and willing to help, and they speak English. Very cheap, a great value for money cafe/restaurant. Can get busy, so if you want to go during meal times, get there early.
Address: 18, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
3. Welcome Seafood Restaurant
At Welcome fish Restaurant, the fish is out of this world. On the menu, there are a lot of fresh, tasty seafood meals that are cooked just right. You have to try the crab, prawns, fish, and calamari, and they all come in big amounts. The diner also serves things like fried rice and vegetables that aren’t seafood. The great value for money is one of the best things about this place. The prices are very fair, especially when you consider how good and fresh the fish is. The servings are also very big, so you’ll leave feeling full and pleased. In conclusion, Welcome Seafood Restaurant is a must-try and a must-not-miss. The food is tasty, the people who work there are nice, and the prices are more than fair.
Address: Lot G18, Komplek Jalan Asia City Phase 2A, Asia City, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
4. Suang Tain Seafood Restaurant
Seafood that is both fresh and cheap. Service was friendly, and I will definitely order from them again. There’s a lot of food to choose from, and the amounts are big. At night, it’s a good place to hang out and get fish for a fair price.
Address: No. 16, Block D, Ground Floor, Sedco Complex, Kampung Air, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
5. The Shamrock Irish Bar
The food tastes fine, but on the plus side, there’s a lot of it. Great for people who like to eat a lot. A normal bar setting with a happy hour special. Do order canned beer during happy hour to get the best deal. The waitress did a great job and was very helpful. Excellent live band.
Address: 1664, Jln Tun Fuad Stephens, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
6. Upperstar Cafe & Bar Segama
Western food at a price that makes sense. The setting is great, and the staff is friendly. Must try for dinner, and the place is nice.
Address: Block C Lot 8, Segama Complex, Jalan Enam Belas, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
7. Souled Out Kota Kinabalu
If you have nothing else to do in Imago, this is the best place to hang out. Live music adds to the atmosphere. The price is fair and the service is great. Good food.
Address: G-101, Imago Shopping Mall KK Times Square Phase 2, Jalan Coastal, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
8. Mamasita Mexican Restaurant & Tapas Bar
Very polite employees and one lady in particular went above and beyond to provide attentive care! Loved the atmosphere, food is decent, chicken wings are average, grilled chicken is excellent and garlic prawns are also excellent! Good food portions and excellent fajitas! Last but not least, give the drinks a try.
Address: 15, Lorong Dewan, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88800 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
9. Yu Kee Bak Kut Teh
The service was prompt, and the setting was that of a typical coffee shop. The herbal flavour of the Bak Kut Teh is delicious. The cost is affordable.
Address: 7, Jalan Gaya, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
10. Rooftop @ Le Meridien
It’s a terrific area to hang out at night, but in my opinion, the sunset views from the rooftop bar make it even better in the evening. Additionally, you will witness jets flying very close to you in front of you. Excellent encounter. Both the food and service are first-rate.
Address: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Jln Dua Puluh, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah