Highlights of Kuching



Place of Interest

Blog image

Satok Weekend Market (Also known as “Sunday Market”)

Located at Medan Niaga Satok, the market stalls offer a huge variety of local produce from snacks, local delicacies, fruits, vegetables, fresh meat, fresh fish, eggs, plants, pets, jungle produce to clothing, accessories, newspapers, toys, fashion items, local craft items, and souvenirs.
ADDRESS
Medan Niaga Satok,
Q309, Petra Jaya,
93050 Kuching, Sarawak
OPENING HOURS
Mon-Sun: 10.00 am – 11.00 pm
(note that the Weekend Market only available during weekends despite Medan Niaga Satok itself opens everyday).


Blog image

SERIKIN WEEKEND MARKET

A popular weekend destination for locals and tourist – selling a wide range of merchandise includes fabrics, ornamental wood carving, rattan handicrafts, food and many more. The stalls are mostly operated by Indonesian Trader and local Bidayuh Community who resides in the nearby village which is Bau.
ADDRESS
Q509, Serikin, 94000 Bau, Sarawak
SPECIALTIES
Indonesian and local products
OPENING HOURS
Sat-Sun: 8.00 am – 1.00 pm


Blog image

BAKO NATIONAL PARK

Home of Proboscis Monkey, it was gazetted as a protected area in 1957. Bako is Sarawak’s oldest national park, covering an area of 2,742 hectares. It is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, as it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. A well-maintained network of trails - from easy forest strolls to full-day jungle treks – allows visitors to get the most out of this unique environment.
ADDRESS
Muara Tebas Peninsular
93000, Kuching, Sarawak
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sun including public holidays: 8.00 am - 5.00 pm


Blog image

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

Experience to encounter one of the Borneo’s endangered species – Orangutans. It is home to a colony of semi-wild orangutans who are trained and used to human encounters. Visitors will gain the golden opportunity to interact with the orangutans as they will swing down from trees for free fruits!
ADDRESS
KM 20,
Jalan Puncak Borneo,
93250 Kuching,
Sarawak.
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sun including public holidays: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
ORANGUTAN FEEDING TIME
9.00 am – 10.00 am
3.00 pm – 4.00 pm


Blog image

SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE

“See Sarawak in Half a Day” is the claim made by Sarawak Cultural Village, a unique award-winning living museum offering an excellent introduction to local cultures and lifestyles. There are nine authentic replica buildings in the village which represent every major ethnic group in Sarawak; Bidayuh, Iban and Orang Ulu longhouses, a Penan jungle settlement, a Melanau tall-house, a Malay town house, a Chinese farmhouse and pagoda, each is staffed with members of their respective ethnic groups, in traditional costume, carrying out traditional activities.  Every house has a “storyteller” who is an expert in describing and interpreting traditional cultures and lifestyles.
ADDRESS
Sarawak Cultural Village
Pantai Damai, Santubong,
P.O.Box 2632, 93752 Kuching,
Sarawak.
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sun including public holidays: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm


Blog image

THE BROOKE GALLERY AT FORT MARGHERITA

Housed in a Fort named after James Brooke’s wife, Rani Margherita, the gallery’s irreplaceable historical documents, artefacts and arts from the White Rajah’s era, wrapped in steep history and preserved in time. This gallery was a joint project of the Sarawak Museum Department, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture as well as Mr. Jason Brooke, the grandson of the last Rajah Muda and the Director of The Brooke Trust.
ADDRESS
Fort Margherita,
Petra Jaya,
93050, Kuching,
Sarawak.
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Fri: 9.00 am – 4.45 pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Closed: 1st day of Main Public Holiday, T.Y.T Birthday, Labour Day, & Malaysia Day


Blog image

SARAWAK RIVER CRUISE

Be it a leisurely sunset cruise, a starlight cruise party, a romantic wedding, a corporate function, or just a special evening with friends, a cruise along the majestic Sarawak River on board the Sarawak River Cruise promises to be a memorable experience.
ADDRESS
Kuching Waterfront,
Kuching, Sarawak.
OPENING HOURS
The Daily Signature Sunset Cruise at 5.30 pm -7.00 pm


Blog image

CAT MUSEUM

The Kuching’s Cat Museum is the first museum of its kind in the world. It is managed by Kuching North City Hall and has collection of Cat artefacts acquired from the National Museum which displayed them in one of its galleries in Kuala Lumpur. The collections were officially handed over to Kuching North City Hall on the completion of the building in 1992, in which the museum is situated.
ADDRESS
Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara,
Bukit Siol, Jalan Semariang Petra Jaya,
93050 Kuching,
Sarawak.
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sun: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm


Blog image

JONG'S CROCODILE FARM AND ZOO

The farm provides a perfect sanctuary for the reptiles, saving the species from extinction. There are huge and deep concrete ponds and natural breeding grounds for the crocodiles to mate and multiply. Apart from crocodiles there are also numerous rare species of birds and animals found only in the Borneo Island.  There are also monkeys, leopard-cats, sunbears, bearcats, pheasants, civets, barking deers, sambar deers, turtles, fruit bats, monitor lizards, pythons and even hornbills.
ADDRESS
Jong’s Crocodile Farm,
Siburan,
29 km Kuching-Serian Road,
93250 Kuching,
Sarawak.
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sun: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
CROCODILE FEEDING TIME
11.00 am & 3.00 pm


Blog image

UPSIDE-DOWN HOUSE KUCHING

Upside Down House Kuching is an interactive gallery where the interior set up are built upside down. This makes it a fun and unique environment for photo and video enthusiasts and suitable for all ages.
ADDRESS
Ground Floor,
No. 281-1-1, Lot 281,
Section 48, KTLD, Block H,
Taman Sri Sarawak,
Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman,
Off Jalan Borneo,
93100 Kuching,
Sarawak.
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Fri: 9.30 am – 6.00 pm
Sat – Sun: 9.30 am – 7.00 pm


Must-Try Dishes in Kuching

Blog image

Kolo Mee

This is the absolute staple for the noodle enthusiast in Kuching. Kolo Mee is made of egg noodle flash-boiled and served in a base of fragrant oil, garlic, shallots, minced and sliced meat. This noodle is available in both non-halal (with pork) and halal (with chicken or beef) version.


Blog image

Sarawak Laksa

This is one of Sarawak’s signature dishes. Rice vermicelli served in spicy prawn broth along with egg, prawn, chicken and a dash of coriander. A side dish of lime & prawn paste is often served to add a zing.


Blog image

Umai

Umai is a traditional native dish of the melanau people in Sarawak, Malaysia which is usually eaten by fishermen. Umai is a dish of sliced raw fish with a mixture of onions, chilies, salt and lime juice.


Blog image

Midin

Midin is a wild fern found only in Sarawak. It has curly fronds and is very crunchy even after it has been cooked. Only the tender tips of the fern is used in cooking. It can be cooked with prawn paste or ginger & red wine or just plain garlic.


Blog image

Teh C Peng Special

Teh C Peng is a code name for tea (teh) with milk (C) and ice (Peng). Also known as 3-layer tea, its layers are created when black tea, milk and Gula Melaka are poured individually into a glass.


Blog image

Sarawak Layer Cakes (Kek Lapis Sarawak)

What’s a trip to Sarawak without tasting its famous kek lapis? Each cake is baked layer by layer, secured with jam and interlaced with various ingredients like Oreo cookies, chocolates, and cheese.


Blog image

Chicken cooked in Bamboo (Ayam Pansuh)

This traditional dish is synonymous with the Dayak community in Sarawak comprising the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu. Locally, the dish is called ‘ayam pansuh. Just like lemang (glutinous rice with coconut milk), this special delicacy is slowly cooked in bamboo, over wood fire or ember.


Blog image

Chicken / Fish cooked in Dayak Brinjal Soup

Dayak Brinjal can be cooked by itself, but it’s best served when combined in a soup as it gives that slight sour tinge to the dish. For Dayaks, cooking chicken or any meat with Terung Asam (Dayak Brinjal) is something typical as a mixture of lemon grass, onions, and Dayak brinjal combine with the taste of the meat to produce something quite magical to the taste buds.


Blog image

Tebaloi

The tebaloi, or sago biscuit, is one of Sarawak’s traditional past time snacks. It is also one of the proud legacies and a delicacy of the Melanau, one of the many unique races in Sarawak. The tebaloi often comes in a rectangular shape, yellowish in colour, and in thin slices.


Blog image

Linut

Popularly known as Ambuyat in Brunei and Sabah, Linut is also a predominant food for the melanaus which is made from the sago palm. The sago flour will form a clump of glue when mixed with warm water. The taste of linut can be can be enjoyed by having it with chili prawn paste while it is still warm.

Must-try food outlets in Kuching

Blog image

TOP SPOT SEAFOOD CENTRE

Perfect place for seafood lovers. A wide variety of seafood stalls where you can order fresh seafood as well as Sarawak’s local delicacies.
ADDRESS
Jalan Bukit Mata Kuching off Jalan Padungan, Kuching, Sarawak 93100
SPECIALTIES
Asian cuisine, Halal cuisine, Seafood
OPENING HOURS
Mon-Sun: 5.00 pm – 1.00 am


Blog image

CHOON HUI CAFÉ

Featured in one episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, this is a popular spot for having local breakfast amongst the locals and tourists. The Sarawak Laksa here is a must-try as Anthony Bourdain quoted it as the “Breakfast of the Gods” but do come early as it will be usually sold out as early as 11.00 am.
ADDRESS
34, Ban Hock Road, 93100 Kuching Sarawak
SPECIALTIES
Sarawak Laksa, Kolo Mee, Popiah (Spring Roll), Boiled Egg, Toast
OPENING HOURS
Mon-Sun: 7.00 am – 11.00 am


Blog image

SINIAWAN NIGHT MARKET

A street shop-concept with 2 straight rows of shop lot and the middle walkway is vacant for dining tables and chairs. Famous with hawkers selling local, Taiwanese and Korean delicacies such as barbeque chicken, grilled seafood, fresh vegetables, desserts and more. Visitors as well can enjoy Karaoke activities and historical shops.
ADDRESS
Siniawan, 94000 Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia
SPECIALTIES
Freshly cooked food, night activities
OPENING HOURS
Fri – Sat: 6.00 pm – 11.00 pm Sun: 4.00pm – 11.00pm


Blog image

Dp Ice Cream Gula Apong

Dp Ice Cream Gula Apong serves the best Ice Cream Gula Apong in town. If you are craving for some ice cream be sure to Indulge your sweet tooth with soft serve ice cream featuring Sarawak’s signature Gula Apong. It is an authentic palm sugar ice-cream or the locals would say aiskrim gula apong in Malay. It is the best ice cream in town.
ADDRESS
Jalan Chan Chin Ann,
93100 Kuching,
Sarawak.
SPECIALTIES
Sarawak’s signature palm sugar ice cream
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sun: 1.00 pm – 1.00 am


Blog image

LEPAU

Lepau which means “farm-hut” in the Kayan language is a restaurant specialise in traditional Sarawak cuisine. The open kitchen encourages a breezy informality, as loyal Kuching locals and in-the-know visitors enjoy dishes like ayam pansuh (chicken steamed in bamboo) and prawn umai (marinated raw seafood). Weekends are very popular, so booking ahead is a good idea.
ADDRESS
395,
Ban Hock Road,
93400, Kuching,
Sarawak.
SPECIALTIES
Sarawak’s Native Cuisines
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sat: 10.30 am – 2.00 pm, 5.30 pm – 10.30 pm


Blog image

THE DYAK

'Dyak' is pronounced 'da-yak'; the old English spelling used by the Brookes to classify generically the various tribes of Borneo. Here, Dayak cuisines are prepared with culinary technique and served on Dayak kitchenware. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. When you are here, do try their famous signature Tuak (Dayak’s rice wine) Ice Cream.
ADDRESS
Sublot 29,
Panovel Commercial Complex,
Jalan Simpang Tiga,
Kampung Kenyalang Park,
93300 Kuching,
Sarawak.
SPECIALTIES
Dayak cuisines & alcoholic beverages.
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sat: 12.00 pm – 8.30 pm


Blog image

THE JUNK

The Junk Restaurant specialises in the fusion of Italian, Western and Asian cuisines. They also offer an impressive list of handmade pizzas, even adding their own twist to conventional toppings.
ADDRESS
80, Lebuh Wayang,
93100 Kuching,
Sarawak.
SPECIALTIES
Fusion Cuisines & Pizzas
OPENING HOURS
Mon, Wed – Sun: 6.00 pm – 1.00 am


Blog image

BLA BLA BLA

Bla Bla Bla serves excellent Chinese-inspired fusion dishes. Midin salad, Mango Duck, Ostrich, Deer and Pandan Chicken are a must-try here. If you are a vegan or vegetarian this is the right place for you as they are vegan and vegetarian friendly with a lot of veggie dishes to choose from.
ADDRESS
27, Jalan Tabuan,
93100 Kuching,
Sarawak.
SPECIALTIES
Chinese-Fusion, Vegetarian-Friendly
OPENING HOURS
Mon, Wed – Sun: 6.00 pm – 11.30 pm


Blog image

Hi-Bread Kopitiam

Have an American breakfast without digging too deep into your pocket. Hi-Bread Kopitiam is well known as kopitiam (coffee shop) that is serving fresh and hot English breakfast to customers with a very reasonable price.  English breakfast may include cereals, pancake, boiled eggs, and hotdogs; followed by toasted bread and marmalade, and coffee and tea.
ADDRESS
148, Section 80,
Jln Rumbia,
93100 Kuching,
Sarawak.
SPECIALTIES
English Breakfast, Soft Breads
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sat: 5.45 am – 4.30 pm
Sun: 5.45 am – 12.00 pm


Blog image

SWEE KANG AIS KACANG

An ABC (Ais Batu Campur or Ice Mix Dessert) haven among Kuchingites. They serve a large range of colourful icy treats, with over 18 variations of ABC and drinks on the menu, including their namesake ais kacang.
ADDRESS
Jalan Kulas - Haji Taha Interchange,
Kampung Bandarshah,
93400 Kuching,
Sarawak.
SPECIALTIES
Cold Desserts
OPENING HOURS
Tues – Wed, Fri – Sun: 12.00 pm – 6.30 pm