Filipino Market
Filipino Market
3.5
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Soko37
Budapest, Hungary11,934 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We were strolling 🚶 around downtown passing this market. Fruits 🍇, veggies, nuts 🥜 dry snacks all kinds. I was not aware that this is the market advised as KK attraction. Nothing special for us as we are used this markets for years but for westerners could be something new
Written 10 February 2024
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,762 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Quick visit to the market during our shore excursion, interesting but very similar to markets visited in other Asian cities over the years. Great location on the waterfront, luckily open sided to allow air to circulate although still sauna like conditions. We visited late morning, no scarcity of foodstuffs; dried fish, seafoods, spices, fruits, local snacks, etc. and also a great selection of souvenir items, cheap even before negotiations started. Not sure about the quality of the pearls but our guide assured us that they were genuine. Probably more interesting at night when the charcoal beds are stoked.
Written 23 December 2023
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Milah E
Singapore, Singapore58 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Hmm just a normal dried stuff market but happenings every evenings.Mostly selling dried items such as dried seafood stuffs.Quite busy night spot.
Written 22 December 2023
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
My 3 friends & I passed the Filipino Market on the way to our 3rd destination which was the Atkinson Clock Tower. We visited the Filipino Market that night after our delicious seafood dinner at Sembulan Lobster Restaurant. Fortunately, the Filipino Market was located near our Hotel. We went through a “Pasar Malam” or “Night Market” & had to cross a road before we arrived.

Since we knew what we were looking for, we did not bother to check out the whole area. We visited a couple of shops to get a feel of the prices for the 3A Grade blue-eyed anchovies which was the best. It has been said that the anchovies of such grade will stay crispy after being fried for a long time.

Most of the traders tried their best to get us to purchase from their shops but we stood our ground & said that it wasn’t time to buy yet. But we will return in a couple of days. That shut them up but some continued to coax us. Prices were dirt cheap compared to Kuala Lumpur. They were selling at RM35.00 per kg. In Langkawi, the same grade anchovies were sold at RM55.00 per kg while in Kuala Lumpur, prices can reach up to RM70.00 per kg. We left shortly to look at some fruit stalls that were located outside the building. The fruits were fresh looking & we were tempted to get some but didn’t.

We visited the Filipino Market once again on our last day. My partner wandered off to get anchovies at a shop which offered prepacked anchovies in smaller quantities. Another friend bought anchovies together with me at the same shop. She had bought in large quantities & even added a huge salted fish to the order. The shopkeeper’s staff agreed to reduce the price per kg to RM30.00. He had packed my friend’s order into a box so she could bring it into the flight’s cabin. Since my order & a friend back home was small, they were put into a plastic bag.

Overwhelmed by the sales amount which he had garnered, he had offered a packet of “kuih cincin” to us for free. Kuih Cincin is a traditional snack of the Brunei-Malay & Bajau people in Sabah. They come in hard & soft versions & are filled with brown sugar. As a gesture of appreciation for his kindness, I ended up buying 2 additional packets at RM5.00 each. This prompted him to win me over with additional sales of other local snacks such as “amplang” which I had rejected gently. Looking back, I regretted not buying. Amplang is similar to “keropok” which is fried fish crackers. One can also find other seafood flavours such as squid & prawns.

I wanted to visit the shop again the next time I’m in Sabah. Thus, I took a photo of the shop’s banner as it showed the shop’s lot number & handphone number. The staff commented that they also accept orders from Peninsular Malaysia & will deliver the dry items to customers within 3 days. Postage price is usually RM16.00. We were delighted with such service & made a mental note to order soon.

Satisfied with our purchases, we left. However, my friend & I were followed by a girl who was trying to sell her snacks to us. We felt so bad for her that each of us gave her a donation. She went away but followed us to the car 5 minutes later & threw some of her snacks into the car, forcing us to accept though another friend said we did not want them. Not wanting to hurt her feelings, we gave in & accepted.

I relayed to my Sabahan friends about the girl during our seafood dinner on our last night in Sabah. They said she was probably from the Philippines & not local.

The Filipino Market is one of the most popular destinations in Sabah & should not be missed. It is along the city’s waterfront which includes a wet market, night market, handicraft complex & a hawker centre. The market is made of hundreds of tiny stores. True to its name, the place is managed by locals & immigrants hailing from the southern islands of Philippines. It is probably the best place to look for the best hand-crafted souvenirs & varieties of Sabah pearls.
Written 15 July 2023
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mimiloma517
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Every shop is selling pearls. Claim to be Sabah pearls, but I'm sceptical. Too many pearls to be harvested and there is even a wholesale shop selling pearls across the market.

Next to the market is a hawker centre. The whole area is tentage and the smoke from the hawkers are unbearable. Bad experience for us and I had diarrhea the next day. 🤒
Written 2 June 2023
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ChazMan42
Pittsburgh, PA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
My wife and I loved this market. We went there for dinner 2 nights in a row. They have dried goods, fruits and vegetables, but the big attraction is the fresh seafood available. There were shellfish and seafood we have never seen before. Beautiful selections. Plus, there are many fruit juice options, sweet treats, chicken wings, etc. It is fun to pick out your fresh seafood and go have a seat, then they will grill or fry it up for you and deliver to your table. You can sit with ocean views. Get a breezy seat as it is hot here.
Written 11 May 2023
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TREKKEARL
Luzon, Philippines232 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
The souvenirs are of very low quality. Good enough only for the usual keychains and tourists. No real Sabah crafts. Nothing much has changed in this market. The dried seafoods and packed food such as amping sold outside are grossly overpriced. The RM 35 pack of amping was brought down to RM 15. At Pasar Besar, it's sold at RM 12.
Written 8 April 2023
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Hong Kong, China5,721 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
…in equal measure, there is loads to buy and look at here. At night it’s really buzzing with people eating and that is the best time to go!
Written 27 March 2023
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Shawal
Butterworth, Malaysia51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
A place for getting pearls and other merchandise at an affordable price. Many small stalls and friendly sellers. The arcade is too crowded.
Written 20 February 2023
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Henry M
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We went to the Filipino Market 3 times for the seafood. Each time it was delicious! They set up in the mid afternoon and cook fresh seafood which you can get at a great price. It was so good we had to go back. Highly recommend visiting at least once and getting a tuna steak, squid, prawn, crab or whatever else takes your fancy. It’s a bit smoky from all the barbecues but it didn’t bother us.
Written 11 January 2023
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