It’s been scientifically proven that it’s impossible to be happy with an empty stomach. Well, I would go even further and claim that it’s impossible to be happy without good food. And when it comes down to the pleasures of the tongue, this tiny and unnoticeable snack-bar stands out as a true gem, famous for its “cachorrinhos” (small hotdogs).
This iconic place, located in the historical centre, is easily one of my favourite spots in town. And not only for its speciality. Gazela is Oporto at its finest. First, the sympathy that we “Portuenses” brag so much about: everyone that enters the place, no matter the social status, is greeted by the owners like an old friend, with a handshake and smile, taking only 5 minutes for you to feel like you’re already part of the furniture. Second, the humour present in the crossed conversations between the patrons and staff, that are cooking and serving at the same time, reflect both hard working and extroverted qualities that are identified in the folks of the north.
The feeling of savouring a Gazela’s “cachorrinho” accompanied by a “fino” (draught beer glass) is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my week, if I’m lucky enough. Tasty, crunchy, and cut into small pieces, the chances are that you won’t stop in the first round.
If you want to feel like a true “Portuense”, interact with all kinds of Portuguese people and enjoy some local fast-food, Gazela is definitely the place to go.