Kuching Shopping Malls

Plaza Merdeka, Kuching

Plaza Merdeka is a six floors shopping mall which was officially opened on 12 December 2012.

The mall is located on top of a land which used to house a few abandon buildings located at the heart of Kuching City.

Apart from it’s prime location, Plaza Merdeka also revives the older part of Kuching which has since been lacking in more modern architecture.


The mall brings in numerous well known international brands (Cotton-On, Dorothy Perkins, Starbucks and more), and boast of one of the best locations in the city as it overlooks the serene Merdeka Field as well as giving its shoppers a beautiful view of the Kuching esplanade a.k.a Kuching Waterfront.

There is a huge supermarket at the lower ground of the mall.

On the fourth floor, the Food Plaza serves tasty local and international dishes with some seat facing the the mall’s atrium.

The Food Plaza. Photo by Cyril Dason

Navigating around the mall is easy and pretty straightforward.  However, some shops are slightly hidden as the mall is L shaped.

Usually finding parking in the mall is rather easy and the mall doesn’t get overly crowded despite it’s charming presentation.


The mall has over 700 parking bays in its two storey underground car park.  Each car park is equipped with a system which helps show whether its occupied or not. Parking is chargeable by the hour.

There’s also well maintained toilets on every floor of the mall.  All toilets are free to use except for the premium toilets.  They are also equipped with 24 hours CCTV for added security.

Free to use public toilets at mall. Photo: Cyril Dason

The premium toilet for the mall is located at the lobby of The Waterfront Hotel Kuching which shares the same building as Plaza Merdeka.

At every floor, there’s also lounging areas for those needing to rest from shopping. Books and newspapers are also placed in these areas to allow visitors to read while relaxing on the comfortable seats.

One of the many lounging areas at the mall. Photo: Cyril Dason

ATM machines are available on the ground floor of the mall, and currency exchange kiosk can be found at the Lower Ground floor.

Their customer service counter is available just in front on the main entrance of the mall.

The customer service counter at Plaza Merdeka. Photo: Cyril Dason


The mall opens from 1000 hrs – 2200 hrs daily.

Extended shopping hours may be announced for special occasions and celebrations like New Year, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Gawai Dayak and Christmas.


Plaza Merdeka is located in the historical side of Kuching.  It is surrounded by historical buildings and revives the old quarter of Kuching City.

The map below can guide you to the mall.

Map to Plaza Merdeka, Kuching


If you are planning to stay near Plaza Merdeka and spend a lot of time within this mall, then the best hotel to stay in is The Waterfront Hotel.  The Waterfront Hotel is located just above the mall and it provides an amazing view of Kuching City and the Waterfront.

Other hotels nearby this mall are:






Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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