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There are many choices for good shopping in Johor Bahru. You can purchase electronics at a bargain price, or Malaysian specialties.
Head for Holiday Plaza, which is a three-story shopping mall similar to what you might find in the states. You can take a bus or taxi here, and shop for DVDs, PS2 games Xbox games, computer games and Nintendo games for less than you’ll find elsewhere. With demand for DVDs and Games falling, the mall is filling up with small independant fashion stores selling cutting edge street clothes from Thailand and Hong Kong. Quality may not always be high, but the designs are exciting, the prices are low and you're unlikely to see the same thing anywhere else.
Komtar, located next to City Square, is the place for Malaysian shops and a supermarket. This is an older mall, connected to City Square via an overhead bridge.
The largest mall in town is Jusco Tebrau City, where you can find a wide array of shops and restaurants. You can have a fine Italian meal or Pizza Hut and buy either some Malaysian groceries or shoes. You can enjoy karaoke or see a movie. To get here, you can take a bus, though the options are few, or – better yet – take a taxi.
If you must have a McDonald’s fix while in Johor Bahru, head for Plaza Pelangi, once upmarket but now looking a bit dilapidated. There is a McDonald’s here and a Coffee Bean, too, if you need a jolt with your burger. There are many clothing stores in this mall as well, including Metrojaya Department Store. If you need to perk your blood sugar levels or just pick up a nice souvenir for someone back home, there is a nice little chocolate shop on the ground level of the shopping complex. Its prices are fair and staff extremely friendly. They speak really good English as well. They have another outlet down at another shopping centre, City Square.
If you happen to be down in the city centre, do remember to drop by City Square for some awesome shopping. Fashion, restaurants, cinema and jewellery!
Another place worth mentioning is the Festive Danga Bay Street Mall. It has art and craft stores, a few cafes and all sorts of other things.