Piracy is rampant in Johor Bahru, with many shops selling pirated videos and software openly
Counterfeit bags are widely available, even on the streets in broad daylight
JB is full of shopping malls catering to local and mostly Singaporean shoppers. Goods sold here are somewhat limited but prices often lower when compared to Singapore's malls.
Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (JARO) Handicrafts Centre. The JARO Handicrafts Centre, formerly located along Jalan Sungai Chat, sells hand-made products such as rattan baskets, customised book-binds, batik handbags, denim shopping bags, patchwork bed linen, soft toys, window curtains etc, all produced by the physically-disabled charges of JARO. As of June 2009, it had shifted to new premises. Check with the local tourist office for the new location. JARO is a charitable organisation that provides vocational training and paid jobs for the physically-disabled.
AEON Tebrau City, No 1, Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau. Tel: 07-3522220. Open daily 9:30am to 11:00pm. The 2nd largest shopping mall in the city (opened in Jan 2006) after KSL City. Almost half of the mall's three-level floor area is occupied by the JUSCO hypermarket (situated on all the 3 levels). There are numerous international fashion shops like Giordano, MNG, Esprit, Dorothy Perkins, etc. A full range of dining options is available, from fine dining to international fast-food joints. It is at the junction of Tebrau Highway (also known as Jalan Pandan) and Jalan Desa Tebrau, about 12.5 km north of the CIQ. There are many buses going there from the bus stop opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Take any bus that goes to Kota Tinggi or Ulu Tiram, e.g Maju 227, Causeway Link 6B etc. The one-way bus fare is 2.40 or 2.50 RM. The metered taxi fare from City Square in Jalan Wong Ah Fook is about RM12, excluding charges for waiting time. There are 3 other AEON malls in JB - Bukit Indah, Permas Jaya and Taman Universiti.
KSL City, sandwiched between Jalan Seladang east), Jalan Kijang(north), Jalan Serigala(west) and Jalan Beruang(south) in Taman Centuri, 500m west of the Jalan Dato' Sulaiman/Tebrau Highway junction. Tel:07-2882888. 4-storey shopping mall, the biggest in the city. It is open daily from 10am to 10pm. A metered taxi from City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook to here costs about 4 RM (excluding waiting time), and there are many buses (one-way fare from City Square 1.20 or 1.30 RM) that go past the Jalan Datok Sulaiman/Tebrau Highway junction. Maju bus number IM17 (one-way fare 1.50 RM) travels between Holiday Plaza (final stop) and City Square, passing by KSL City. Causeway Link S1 bus (one-way fare 1.50RM) travels between City Square and KSL City every 20 minutes in both directions from 8.30am to 11pm, with decreasing frequencies from 8.30am to 10am and 8pm to 11pm.
City Square, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook (across Jalan Tun Abdul Razak from the JB Sentral train station); Tel�: 607-221 9989, Fax�: 607-2269989. JB's most accessible shopping mall, a mere 5-minute walk from the CIQ. A pedestrian bridge connects the mall to JB Sentral, which is itself connected to the CIQ by a pedestrian bridge. It has a good range of shops and food & beverage outlets. There is a Singapore-run Cathay Cineplex on levels 5 and 7, and beside it (on level 5) is a food court run by Singapore-based Food Junction. The 'Innercity' area is full of small (especially those selling handphones) stalls. There is free Wi-Fi in all public areas.
Holiday Plaza, Jalan Dato' Sulaiman, Taman Centuri (600m west of the Jalan Datok Sulaiman/Tebrau Highway junction). A very long shopping mall with many empty stores, notorious for its pirated movies, music and software at slightly lower prices than those shops nearer the Causeway. The Parkson department store occupies 4 levels. A metered taxi from City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook to here costs about 4 RM (excluding waiting time), and there are many buses (one-way fare from City Square 1.20 or 1.30 RM) that go past the Jalan Datok Sulaiman/Tebrau Highway junction. Maju bus number IM17 (one-way fare 1.50 RM)travels between Holiday Plaza (final stop) and City Square.
Plaza Kotaraya, Jalan Trus, only 500m from the CIQ. It is smaller and older than the nearby City Square. The UO Superstore has a wide range of groceries, household appliances, clothes, toys, luggage, etc. at competitive prices. There are several restaurants and a food court. Open daily 10am to 10pm.
Plaza Pelangi, 2 Jalan Kuning, 2km north of the CIQ. An upmarket shopping mall, open daily 10am to 10pm. Among the tenants are: Metrojaya department store, Cold Storage supermarket, Popular bookstore, and food and beverage outlets such as the Coffee Bean, Kinsahi Japanese Restaurant, Nando's, Season's, Secret Recipe, Sedap Corner, Sushi King and Vivo.
Pelangi Leisure Mall, 148 Jalan Serampang. This is a 2-storey mall located in Taman Pelangi. The main tenants are: Giant hypermarket, Golden Screen cinema, Superbowl bowling alley and McDonald's. Open daily 1030 am to 10pm. Causeway Link's CT1 bus (runs between Kotaraya bus terminal and Bayu Puteri, via City Square) passes by this mall.
Plaza Larkin, opposite the Larkin Bus Terminal on Jalan Geruda. This is a place for those interested in the latest fashions, with its number of clothing boutiques. There is an Internet cafe, a computer shop and a money changer on the first level. Also in the same building on the first level is food court (Selera Johor 'Johore delights'; see 'Eat, budget, hawker centers' section) that serves mostly Johorian cuisine.
Plaza Sentosa (formerly Kompleks Lien Hoe), Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa. Shopping center 3km north of the CIQ. The main tenant here is The Store department store, which occupies 4 levels. Causeway Link's CT1 bus (runs between Kotaraya bus terminal and Bayu Puteri, via City Square) passes by Plaza Sentosa.
Southern City , Jalan Suria Utama, Taman Suria (4.5km north of City Square and less than 500m west of the Tebrau Highway). This 2-level shopping center - it resembles a factory or warehouse from a distance - lies between Jalan Suria Utama, Jalan Suria 12, Jalan Suria 18 and Jalan Suria 19. The main tenants are: Giant hypermarket and a mega furniture store.
Courts, junction of Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Susur 4 and Jalan Yahya Awal. Consumer electronics and furniture retailer.
Festive Street Mall, Danga Bay. This one-storey mall consists of 280 retail outlets, including about a dozen food and beverage outlets. Parking is ample and free. Open daily from 11am to 10pm.
Landmark IT Mall, 12 Jalan Ngee Heng (600m northwest of the CIQ). This six-level shopping mall is housed within the 10-storey podium of the twin-tower 35-storey Menara Landmark building. It only deals in IT products - computers and accessories, and mobile phones and accessories. There is a small foodcourt at the basement.
Danga City Mall (formerly known as Best World), Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Susur 1, just north of the intersection of Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, abutting both of these highways. Tel: +607–221 5008 Fax: +607–2217008. Open daily 10am to 10pm. Free parking in the huge open-air car park south of the mall. Level 3 specializes in computers and related accessories, hand phones and cameras. The giant Metrojaya department store is the main tenant, occupying levels 1 to 4. There are about 20 food and beverage outlets, a supermarket, pharmacy, fitness center and spa and a bowling center. KTM trains stop at the mall's station only two times a day in each direction.
Sutera Mall, 1, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai. 3-level shopping mall, 15 minutes's drive from Senai International Airport, the Second Link or the city center. Open daily 10.30am to 10.30pm. Free parking. There is a bus terminal adjacent to the mall (bus numbers: IM03 from/to Jalan Tampoi in Johor Bahru and CW4S from/to Jurong East Interchange in Singapore).
ZON Mall and Department Store, , at the end of Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, 1.8km north-east of the Causeway, in the ZON duty-free complex. The Mall has several duty-free (chocolate, alcohol and tobacco) specialty outlets among its 180 retail shops. It also has a supermarket and food court in the basement. The ZON Mall, the 5-level ZON Department Store and the ZON Regency Hotel by the Sea are all housed in the same building. You have to declare all dutiable goods purchased in the complex and which you intend to bring out of the complex at the customs checkpoint upon leaving. You can take Transit Link City Bus number 123/S & S S2 bus/JB Central Line bus number 727/Maju bus number 10/Causeway Link CT1 bus from the JB Sentral's bus bays facing Jalan Jim Quee (starting point) or from the bus stop opposite City Square at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. For the return leg, the buses do not go past City Square; they all terminate at JB Sentral's bus bays. The one-way fare is 1.30RM. The Causeway Link CT1 bus does not pass by here on its return leg. Causeway Link's No. 22 goes between JB Sentral and the ZON complex enroute to Kampung Bakar Batu but does not go past City Square on both legs of the journey.
Jalan Segget Bazaar, daily open-air bazaar in the heart of JB with business from 6pm to 2am. Jalan Segget is a street that runs between Jalan Ibrahim and Jalan Wong Ah Fook. This is a bazaar that sells mostly clothes, and also a wide range of other products - bags, belts, electric fans, food and drinks, footwear, handphone accessories, perfumes, sunglasses, toys, wallets, watches, etc.
Galeri Coklat, 19A, 19B-B2, Jalan Ah Siang, Tanjung Puteri 80300; tel +607-2218873; website: . Located about 30m northwest of the major T-junction comprising Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan and Jalan Tanjung Puteri. This shop-cum-museum is run by GCB Foods Sdn Bhd, a leading, Malaysian supplier of cocoa-related products. The museum and shop are found side by side in one big room on the ground level of a modern, 3-storey building. Here, you can purchase a wide range of chocolate products (both chocolate sweets and beverages) under GCB Foods' umbrella brand name "CacaoRich". You can also have free samples of the shop's chocolate drink. The cocoa and chocolate museum is straight ahead of you as you enter the door. It has illustrated descriptions of the types of chocolate, the history of chocolate, the chocolate-making process, the health benefits and nutritional values of chocolate and the cocoa tree. In addition, there are displays of cocoa beans, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cocoa massa, cocoa cake, etc. Admission to the museum is free. Open daily (including public holidays) 0830-1730. Credit cards (Mastercard, Visa and JCB) are accepted.
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