Southern Africa is often considered the “gemstone capital of the world” as almost half of the world’s gemstones are found in this part of the world. For this reason, experiencing the amazing beauty and variety of gemstones is an absolute “must” for visitors to Cape Town.

One of the most popular and convenient places to see and buy gemstones in Cape Town – and see an amazing variety of gemstone products – is at The Scratch Patch and Mineral World outlets at Simon’s Town and the V&A Waterfront.

What is a Scratch Patch you may ask? It is a place where you can have loads of fun “scratching” for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor.

It’s an inexpensive visit and popular with all ages – and being surrounded by so many colourful stones is a memorable and uplifting experience. More and more “mainstream” people are starting to believe that gemstones have “powers” – and being surrounded by so many beautiful polished gemstones certainly does have a calming effect on many people – and especially children!


You can purchase a small plastic bag or container ranging in price from R17 (approx US$2) for a small bag to R95 (approx US$11) for a large container. What stones you put in your bag or container is up to you!

Simon’s Town Outlet

Simon’s Town – Dido Valley Rd

Tel: (021) 786-2020.

Open Daily:

Mon – Fri: 8:30am to 4:45pm; Sat/Sun/Hol: 9:00am to 5:30pm

V&A Waterfront Outlet

V&A Waterfront – Dock Rd (near the Aquarium)

Tel: (021) 419-9429

Open Daily: 9:00am to 6:00pm


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