A bewildering range of handicrafts in various colours, shapes and sizes fill the shelves at Kelantan’s souvenir shops. Take your pick from the intricate handicrafts, silverware, fashonable batik sarongs, pareos and trendy bags to the richly-embroidered songket fabric and many more. Among the popular shopping spots in Kelantan are
i) KB Mall
KB Mall is a one-stop lifestyle mall where shopping, dining and entertainment go hand in hand. It is a popular mall for locals and tourist from Terengganu, Pahang and even Southern Thailand.
ii) Siti Khadijah Market
Named after Prophet Muhammad’s entrepreneurial wife, Siti Khadijah Market is four-storey high and octagonal in shape. The market is run by mostly women and busy with the colours, scents and sounds of local community every morning.
The basement specially caters for wet items such as fish, vegetables, poultry and others.
The first floor then is set aside for dry food such as serunding (coconut shredding) and Kelantan’s famous dishes such as ayam percik, ikan percik, nasi kerabu, nasi berlauk, nasi dagang, laksa and somtam. Kelantan’s traditional delicacies such as tahi itik, akok, jala mas, buah tanjung, serabe, tepung pelita and many other delicacies are also sold here. The second and third floors are for non-food items.
Siti Khadijah Market
Jalan Buluh Kubu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia.
iii) Wakaf Che Yeh
Located about 4km from Kota Bharu, Wakaf Che Yeh serves as a wet and wholesale market during the day where it turns into night market and comes alive at night with an assortment of local products ranging from fabrics and clothes to local food and fruits.
iv) Bamboo Fort Bazaar
Bamboo Fort Bazaar, locally known as Buluh Kubu Bazaar is a three storey complex with a collection of local products and handicrafts such as batik, gold and silver songket, sarongs, fine silverware, replica miniature musical instruments, colourful kites (wau), bags, beautiful pewter, accessories and souvenirs. The reasonable prices here make this bazaar very popular among the locals and foreign tourists.
v) Kelantan Duty-Free Zones
Kelantan duty-free zones are located at the border of Thailand, among the most popular are Rantau Panjang (45km from Kota Bahru) and Pengkalan Kubor (21km from Kota Bahru).
These places are renowned for the variety of Thai products, kitchen glassware and utensils, clothes and electrical appliances at attractive and reasonable prices.