The famous Gaya Street of Kota Kinabalu is one of the main streets in Sabah. It has the largest number of shop lots, legal offices, banks, eateries and financial institutions than any other streets in Sabah. It also hosted the ever popular Gaya Street Fair every Sunday morning. A very busy street and the chances of getting a parking space here after 8am is very, very slim. Check out some of the kopitiams (coffee house) over there. They really serve nice coffee and great breakfast. Quite a number of budget hotels and backpacker lodges are located along Gaya Street for you to choose if you are traveling on a low budget.
Gaya Street used to be known as Bond Street. It was fully rebuilt in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The wooden shops with nipah roofs are long gone but here are where generations-old family businesses still thrive, passed down from father to son. Sort of like Petaling Street and Chow Kit Road in KL.
– Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide