Komtar Alternative to City Square
Almost everyone knows shopping in Johor means heading to City Square Mall and KSL City Mall. One less mentioned mall to spend time shopping in Johor Bahru is Komtar next to City Square Mall. It is a mistake to underestimate what this mall has to offer.
Comparing to City Square Mall, this mall may seem smaller with fewer shops and stuff sold might be more expensive. However, there are retailers offering value for money items to shoppers that are not available in City Square Mall.
For example if you are longing for a pizza meal, Pizza Hut is available at Komtar. For ribs lovers, Tony Roma’s Restaurant is at Komtar as well. The Dragon-i Restaurant is also located in Komtar too if you don’t wish to join the queue at the same restaurant over at City Square Mall. In addition, Sushi Zanmai Restaurant is also there for those who wish to have a nice Japanese meal.
In fact, dining over at Komtar seems to be more enjoyable with nicer ambiance and is quieter with lesser crowd. Besides restaurants, there are retailers that complement shops that are not available at City Square Mall.
Brands Outlet Store at Komtar offers another alternative for clothes and such. We just bought blazers and pants for our son. The cost for the blazers is RM 150 while two pairs of business pants cost RM 100. My son’s friend paid about the same price for such blazers in Sing Dollars in Singapore.
Moreover, Bath & Body Works and Sephora stores might meet the needs of those looking for stuff other than just clothes or meals. Those shopping for sports related items, stores like Adidas and Kappa are there and the North Face store is also available in Komtar. On top of that, Metrojaya Departmental Store is the anchor tenant at Komtar.
Christmas is coming soon! The main atrium of Komtar is already dressed up with nice Christmas decorations to catch festive shoppers.
So don’t miss out shopping over at Komtar which is just next to City Square Mall sharing the same connecting bridge to Johor Immigration Complex. For one, the toilets here are much cleaner than those over at City Square Mall. You might be surprised by this less mentioned mall in Johor Bahru.
Taxi to KSL City
If Komtar still doesn’t satisfy your shopping needs, go out to Jalan Wong Ah Fock outside the main entrance to hail a taxi to KSL City Mall. It is just a ten minutes ride and cost only RM 7 if the taxi goes by the meter. You don’t have to head back over to City Square Mall to get a taxi.
If you walk back over to JB Sentral taxi stand to get an awaiting taxi, you have to approach the counter to get a taxi voucher. This will cost you RM 11.50. So no point walking back and forth just to get a taxi. Of course you may also take bus SM1 or IM17 from JB Sentral Bus Terminal to KSL City Mall. Bus fare is only RM 1.50.
If you wish to take a taxi from KSL City Mall back to Johor Immigration Complex, those taxi drivers won’t go by the meter. They would demand RM 15 claiming that they have to join the queue for an hour for a passenger.
You can opt to take the SM 1 bus back to JB Sentral. The bus is located outside the main entrance next to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the ground level. Bus fare is again RM 1.50 and the ride takes about 25 minutes.
If you are too tired after all those shopping, why not spend a night in Johor Bahru? You may even consider spending a weekend break staying at KSL City Resort to complete your retail therapy before returning home.
Hope this information is useful and happy shopping in Johor Bahru. But please use common sense and stay safe. Don’t deck yourself with excessive jewellery and roam the streets like a walking Christmas tree.