Jesselton Artisan Market – Things to do in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo
When visiting Kota Kinabalu, you should definitely try to hit up the Jesselton Artisan Market. The Jesselton Artisan Market is an inspiring arts and craft bazaar, which showcases the locals’ own skilled and handmade of decorative arts, jewelry, clothing, home decorations, furniture and more interesting stuff that might amaze you. Moreover, there are food stalls, food trucks, mini handcraft workshops, and class sessions by the artisans themselves.
A visit to Jesselton Artisan Market for a day will never make anyone feel bored. I have gone to many Arts and Craft Bazaar before, but I always end up feeling bored after spending about half an hour there. Unlike Jesselton Artisan Market, I can literally spend half a day walking around there! My last visit to Jesselton Artisan Market was on 7th October 2017 and I can say that there was never a dull moment! I was in awe to see some of the creative handmade arts and crafts, as well as listening to the music performance by the local bands/artists.
The Jesselton Artisan Market started in 2017 and was organized by Salt X Paper. Since then it has grown in popularity. The market doesn’t run every weekend, but you can check the market’s Facebook page here for upcoming dates.
Handmade coin purse and pieces of jewelry by The Pink Dinosaur
Handmade jewelry and crafts by iCare Crafts
Aren’t these cute cupcakes? But these are not edible cupcakes, these are handmade soaps!
Travel quote postcards
Woven Rattan of Sabah Borneo Mini Bag
“ I solemnly swear that I am up to no good”…
A wood engraving of Marauder’s map from the movie of Harry Potter by YBcuts
A drawing of Malaysian favorite desserts, ABC or shaved ice
“Colourful drawing of Mount Kinabalu as a postcard
Pick your favorite characters of lego keychain
Handmade metal necklaces based on Borneo motives by Pogunsavat Craftwork
Aww…so cute the watercolor drawing of a baby Orangutan…
A hand-drawn mandala on wood by Henna Sapok
Apart from that, handmade arts and crafts are not the only attraction we can see during the Jesselton Artisan Market, there are also some food stalls and food trucks to fill up our hungry tummy. The food itself are creatively designed and the taste are oh-so-delicious! One of the interesting food that I have tasted (and it was my first time too!) during the Jesselton Artisan Market is the beef bacon flavored popsicle (yikes!) by Pops and Pints. They do have other flavors of ice cream, such as strawberry, yogurt, sweet potatoes, and laksa flavor too.
Lime Mint flavor(left) and Beef Bacon flavor Ice Cream (right)
Unicorn Yogurt Ice Cream by Gelato Lab
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