Before the arrival of the supermarkets and hypermarkets chains, the Kota Kinabalu markets are the most important markets for supplying fresh produce, vegetables, and seafood. Most of the daily consumption commodity for KK Lites can be found here. Even till today it is still very busy and buzzing with life. Many restaurants, kopitiams, and canteen- operators do their daily shopping for fresh ingredients at these markets regularly, if not daily. Even household aunties come and sort after fresh produces for their family daily meals.