Borneo's largest chocolate souvenir & gift shop, right here in the heart of Kota Kinabalu city.
Malaysian Borneo is an absolutely stunning place. I can’t speak to any of the rest of the island, as I’ve never been, but I was floored by the island’s natural beauty— and the historical abundance of cacao. Malaysia’s been growing cocoa for over two centuries, with the first trees blooming on peninsular Malaysia. These days, chocolate is something Malaysians pride themselves on.
While cocoa production remains on the decline, most Malaysian cacao is now grown on Borneo, particularly in the areas of Tawau, Kuching, and Sabah. Chocolate making isn’t very common on the island, at the moment, but there are a few local chocolate brands working to revive the industry. A few of these brands are based in Kota Kinabalu, and all of them are using Malaysian cacao to craft some truly Malaysian chocolates.
Although this place welcomes tour bus after tour bus to check out their basic chocolate museum and large spread of mass-produced chocolates, I was pleasantly surprised by their cafe. But for those of us looking to indulge, head straight to the cafe (entrance on your right) and order a piece of yam cake or a few bonbons.