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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“A very well established shopping mall that allow friends and families enjoy their shopping time while relax with various foods choices.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A place popular among the locals and tourists. Prices are pretty reasonable for good seafood. Bamboo clams, crabs, fish, prawns, oyster dishes....you name it, YOU'VE GOT IT! It's a HALAL place so you wouldn't be able to order pork here.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Sprawling retail complex featuring department stores, boutiques, services & informal dining. One of the biggest mall in kuching”
  • 11 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Kuching Waterfront, which lines the south bank of Sarawak River, is THE place to sample the city’s cosmopolitan vibes. During the daytime, it offers scenic views of the Astana, Fort Margherita and the Malay kampungs across the river; but night-time is when it really comes alive! It seems like half of the city is out meeting friends, watching a show, or just shooting the breeze. For something different, why not try jetty-hopping along the river on the local Penambang boats, and savour the different sights, sounds (and delicacies!) between the two riverbanks.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“A National Park since 1957, Bako offers the perfect introduction to Sarawak’s forests and wildlife. The park covers the northern tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula, an area of 27 sq km. Despite its seemingly small size, Bako contains a wide range of vegetation – swamp forest, scrub-like padang vegetation, mangrove forest, dipterocarp forest, delicate cliff vegetation and more. In fact, at Bako it is possible to see almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. Bako also contains a rich variety of wildlife and a coastline covered with small bays, coves and beaches. The park has a number of well-marked trails offering interesting walks ranging from short pleasant strolls to serious full-day hikes. Unlike some national parks, visitors to Bako are almost guaranteed to see wildlife. Long-tailed macaque monkeys and silver leaf monkeys are ever present, wild boar are often found rummaging around the park HQ, squirrels and monitor lizards are also common. There is every chance of seeing the rare and unusual proboscis monkeys on trails such as Telok Paku and Telok Delima, particularly if you go late afternoon. You are more likely to see wildlife if you quietly follow the trails and keep listening. Bako is also home to approximately 275 rare proboscis monkeys, found only in Borneo. The male is an odd-looking creature, with a huge pendulous nose and a large pot-belly, weighing in excess of 20 kg. Both male and female are covered in reddish-brown fur with grey limbs and a white tail. They are mostly arboreal (tree-dwelling), moving about the forest or mangroves in small groups and feeding on young leaves, shoots, sour fruits and seeds. Although it requires some patience, an encounter with a group of proboscis is likely to be the highlight of your trip to Bako. The best times are early in the morning or in the hours before dusk. Telok Delima and Telok Paku are the best trails for viewing the proboscis. The mangroves at Telok Assam are also a good place for viewing proboscis monkeys.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Good western food. More famous for its backroom bar called Backstage where the Kuching's local who's who hang out.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“One of Kuching's best malls with all the essentials such as supermarket, pharmacy, f&b chains and telco companies.”
  • 2 locals recommend
History Museum
“Temporarily closed for renovation. The Sarawak State Museum (Malay: Muzium Negeri Sarawak) is the oldest museum in Borneo. It was founded in 1888 and starting 23 October 2017, the museum is temporarily closed until 2020 for an RM308-million refurbishment works. Once its reopened, the museum poised to become among the finest museums in ASEAN”
  • 7 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“About 20 mins walk from Gala Residences. GSC Cinema located at the 3rd floor.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Can see and learn about the various races in Sarawak. They have shows and interesting cuisines.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“The world’s first Cat Museum , a must visit attraction offers variety of cat souvenirs, photos and exhibits, it will definitely makes you love more about Kuching. no entrance fee”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Malaysia-China Friendship Park also known as “马中公园” in Chinese or “Taman Sahabat” in Malay language, is a dedicated 2.8 hectares man made memorial park to commemorate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between friendship between Malaysia and The People’s Republic of China since 1974. It was build during the Malaysia China friendship year 2004.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Landmark
“Who places a bunch of cute cats and their litter in statue form in the middle of the bustling road of the city centre ? ONLY In Kuching. This iconic statue , dressed up on occasions is a picture worthy shot for tourist visiting Kuching. There's 2 statues along the road , look out for them. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Food Court
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“One of the top local hawker centre for dinner. Wide variety of stalls and food options.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to eat
“It has been renovated to house a restaurant, cafe and exhibition halls. It still retains the charm of the old courthouse appearance. The cafe serves from breakfast till night. In the morning, talk a stroll along the waterfront and have breakfast here. Directions: Walk to the end of waterfront, then cross the road. Approx 10/15 mins.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“A place popular among the locals and tourists. Prices are pretty reasonable for good seafood. Bamboo clams, crabs, fish, prawns, oyster dishes....you name it, YOU'VE GOT IT! It's a HALAL place so you wouldn't be able to order pork here.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Good western food. More famous for its backroom bar called Backstage where the Kuching's local who's who hang out.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Food Court
“One of the top local hawker centre for dinner. Wide variety of stalls and food options.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“Good reasonable price with comfortable place and with local and western food. Must Try!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious crushed chicken (ayam penyet) and roasted chicken (ayam bakar) cooked in Malay style. Goes well with accompanied chilli paste for those who can take spicy food.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Noodle House
“Coming to kuching, MUST TRY THE BEST NOODLE EVER! must have patient to wait and it worth to wait till you taste it!”
  • 3 locals recommend
African Restaurant
“Nando's is an international casual dining restaurant chain originating from South Africa, with a Mozambican/Portuguese theme. Founded in 1987, Nando's operates about 1,000 outlets in 30 countries.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The chicken rice, fried chicken wing, chicken porridge are the signature dishes here. Very delicious meals offered in a very traditional coffee shop. Wheatgrass-C drink is another not-to-be missed delicacy.”
  • 1 local recommends

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