Lisbon's surf season runs year-round and while winter is not so hot and the days are shorter, hitting the beach is still the stuff of time off and long weekends, and looking the part is an important aspect of surfing culture. Which is why this swimwear store is worth checking out. It specialises in men's board shorts, a range of colourful apparel manufactured from fast drying fabrics to the highest quality. The shorts, printed with funky patterns, are as much a fashion statement as a handy bit of kit, and even you've never been on a board in your life they are still worth wearing as casual seaside attire. And dig this! For the first time, DCK is producing shorts from recycled plastic. How cool is that!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: DCK sells great summertime attire that looks good on the beach even in winter.
Paul's expert tip: Shoppers browsing the range at the DCK store are welcomed with a complimentary drink.
One of the oldest stores in the city is the wonderfully understated Caza das, Vellas Loreto. Trading since 1789, this wood-paneled architectural gem is a candle shop, and its appearance has changed little. Ecclesiastical candles in all shapes and forms are patiently handmade in a workshop at the rear of the premises before being displayed in handsome wood-framed glass cabinets set either side of a polished teak counter. Other handcrafted styles include tapered dinner service candles, chunky pillars and dainty tea lights. Less traditional are those sculptured to resemble fruit, various birds and even cupcakes. Many are scented, and customers are greeted with a lovely perfume as they browse the collection.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Caza das Vellas Loreto is one of the most famous stores in Portugal, where some of the very best candles are made and sold.
Paul's expert tip: For something special, ask to see the beeswax candles that are embellished with beautiful filigree decoration.
If the glove fits... customers will find a pair to suit them at this authentic art deco boutique, a dinky, wafer-thin glove shop situated in the heart of Chiado. Handcrafted from the softest leather, there are dozens of gloves in different colors to choose from, for him and her. Designs range from the classically cut to the sporty and are lined with cotton, satin or cashmere. The tiny interior can just about accommodate two people at a time, so bespoke, personal service is guaranteed. Ulisses' reputation is such that politicians, TV personalities and socialites number among the loyal clientele, as well as visitors from around the world.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Founded in 1925, Luvaria Ulisses is the only store in the Portuguese capital dedicated to the exclusive sale of gloves.
Paul's expert tip: If buying a pair of gloves as a gift, ask to have them gift-wrapped. It's a free service and adds a personal touch to the shopping experience.
For one of the most original souvenirs of any trip to Lisbon, breeze down to this little corner shop in the city's Baixa (downtown) district and buy a tin of tuna. Not any old tin but one packaged in great retro wrapping. Established over 80 years ago, this family-run business has been selling tins of tuna and other fish and seafood since the early 1930s. The retro wrapping features graphic design from the 1940s faithfully reproduced as if you were shopping during the same period. The range of sardines is especially delicious, garnished variously in lemon, oregano, garlic and even curry. There's also tinned octopus, anchovy, mackerel, mussel and cod for sale. On most days you can watch the elderly female staff applying the wrapping to their wares, a delightful trip down memory lane.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: The tinned seafood on sale at Conserveira de Lisboa is wrapped in retro packaging illustrated with logos and designs from the 1940s.
Paul's expert tip: Look out for the decorative pins on sale. They are shaped as sardines � another unique souvenir option!
The salons set in the 18th-century neo-Moorish palace located in the city's trendy Principe Real district have been transformed into a series of attractive boutiques, over a dozen, in fact, each selling a different range of independent fashion, eco-friendly cosmetics, handmade jewelry and chic interior decor, most of it created by Portuguese designers. The former palace building, now known as Embaixada ("Embassy" in English), has been completely refurbished and the gallery occupies two floors. Access is gained via a grand marble staircase and much of the Art Nouveau detail has been carefully preserved. Temporary art exhibitions are held here on a regular basis to add even more vibrancy to an already creative environment.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: A collection of boutiques and shops housed in a wonderfully atmospheric 19th-century mansion and staffed by local Portuguese artists and designers.
Paul's expert tip: You can pop in during the day and enjoy lunch at the hip Gin Lovers and Less bar-restaurant on the ground floor. It's also open at night until 2 am.
This Lisbon store owes its cool range of T-shirts to a group of local graphic designers who have produced some of the quickest clothing in the city. Each T-shirt is embossed with a unique print created by members of a worldwide collective of young designers and printers. Standout designs include a bizarre but clever take on the Beatles' famous Abbey Road album cover, a smiley face depicting the Clockwork Orange logo, a cutout collection of Lisbon's famous landmarks and a homage to Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Purchasing a T-shirt at Typographia is to support the work of a team of young designers and printers skilled in producing a unique range of apparel.
Paul's expert tip: Ask about the washing instructions when purchasing to keep your T-shirt in pristine condition.
This is the place to go if you're a connoisseur of wines. Stocked with an incredible variety of national and international labels, there are wines from all four corners of Portugal, a bewildering range of reds, whites, roses, late harvest and sparkling, as well as vintage Ports and Madeiras. Established in 1927, this is the country's leading specialist company trading in wines and spirits. Besides their national selection, Garrafeira has an extraordinary range of European and New World wines and an equally impressive selection of whiskeys and cognacs. And there's a corner reserved for the finest champagnes.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Garrafeira Nacional Wines & Spirits in Rua de Santa Justa is one of a number of stores in Lisbon. Their website has more information.
Paul's expert tip: Look out for the in-store museum, a cellar whose shelves display a priceless collection of wines and spirits dating back as far as 1715.
If you're after an original souvenir of Portugal, this absorbing handicraft-hardware store is probably where you'll find it. Items on sale here are represented by brands that have been manufactured in the country for generations, and the inventory lists some of the nation's most cherished goods. There are fragrant soaps from Brito/Claus Porto (Oprah raved about them on her show) displayed in colorful and stylish retro wrapping paper, and Benamor Cream boxed in similarly eye-catching designs. For the kitchen, look out for the aromatic kinds of vinegar from Moura Alves and gourmet sea salt (Flor de Sal) from the Algarve. There are also toiletries, stationery, books, toys and even jewelry, all uniquely Portuguese and with a provenance that stretches back centuries.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: The goods on sale here are from genuine Portuguese manufacturers, and the store is helping to maintain a proud cultural and commercial homestyle tradition.
Paul's expert tip: There is another branch of A Vida Portuguesa located in Lisbon's Intendente district. It's housed in the old Viúva Lamego tile factory.
Some of Lisbon's quirkiest shopping is to be found at the Lisbon Duck Shop. This novelty store stocks plastic ducks, hundreds of them! In fact, more than 300 different types of toy waterfowl modeled on an astonishing assortment of characters line the shelves at this colorful and mirth-inducing boutique. Here you can find Elvis sitting next to the Queen of England, and the Pink Panther sharing the same space as Darth Vadar. There's chef duck, cabin crew duck, key-ring duck, and golf duck. And check out Einstein duck! Think of a theme or a personality and chances are it's staring back at you with a wide, beaky grin. The enthusiastic staff, full of humor and always ready to show you around the premises, are fantastic and make browsing the store a flight of fancy in itself.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Since opening a couple of years ago the Lisbon Duck Store has caught the imagination of visitor from around the world. Definitely a city-shopping highlight.
Paul's expert tip: This is the perfect place if shopping with kids. But take note, you'll have a hard time getting them to leave.
One of the most recognized olive oil brands in Portugal, Oliveira da Serra has its own dedicated store in central Lisbon. Set at street level within the same building as the Hotel da Baixa, O'live stocks an amazing selection of olive oils including extra virgin oils, flavored olive oils (the white truffle olive oil is just incredible) and their award-winning signature brand, "o Melhor azeite do Mundo" - the best olive oil in the world! Besides olive oil, the store sells vinegar, anything from the traditional white wine, red wine and balsamic varieties to those seasoned with fruits like pear, apple, and tomato. Aromatic herbs, sea salt, chocolate pralines laced with olive oil, and even candles manufactured from recovered olive oil, number among the other gourmet products lining the shelves.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: O'live by Oliveira da Serra showcases some of Portugal's finest olive oils and provides free tastings for customers as they browse the store.
Paul's expert tip: You can try before you buy! The store offers free olive oil tastings where customers are invited to sample selected olive oils before they make their mind up.