- Scratch for popular tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones
- Find lovely, inexpensive gifts for friends or investment gems
- Purchase beautiful gemstone products from Mineral World
The Scratch Patch and Mineral World outlet at the V&A Waterfront is one of the most popular places for visitors to see and buy gemstones. There are a wide variety of tumble-polished gemstones in the Scratch Patch that quite literally cover the floor. There are mostly popular Southern African stones such as Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jasper, Agates and Crystals. If you’re lucky, you might find virtually anything including Lapis Lazuli, Blue Lace Agate and some really exotic stones!
The original – and now world-famous – Scratch Patch was started in Simon’s Town in 1970 and has been replicated in other parts of the world! Since then, The Scratch Patch and Mineral World outlets at Simon’s Town and the V&A Waterfront, and the West Coast Ostrich Farm have become one of the most popular and convenient places to see and buy gemstones in Cape Town – and see an amazing variety of gemstone products. Now visitors to Cape Town can experience the amazing beauty and variety of gemstones for which this area is famous.
Scratch Patch Mineral World and cave golf
Dock Road, Waterfront (Near the Aquarium)
Advice for visitors
It’s an inexpensive visit and popular with all ages. There are three different bag sizes which make it suitable for any budget. Couple your trip to the Scratch Patch with a fun round of Cave Golf and turn it into a half day adventure. Spend a delightful hour or two selecting a choice of semi- precious stones before playing a round of mini Cave Golf. From there, visit Mineral World and browse some other stones and jewellery from the shop before dining at one of the many impressive restaurants at the V&A Waterfront.
Did you know
Southern Africa is often considered the “gemstone capital of the world” as almost half of the world’s gemstones are found here.