Writer recommends paying a visit to Tickets
Barcelona is a place of intense regional pride. People travelling to the city on a solo holiday could take in the conventions and history of Catalonia through through the area's fantastic food.
Tara Stevens, writer for online magazine Barcelona Metropolitan, outlined the top new restaurants in Barcelona that have an eye on this famous tradition.
In an article for the Guardian newspaper, Ms Stevens reserved particular praise for a tapas bar with a difference called Tickets.
"You can't really talk about a new Catalan cuisine without talking about the Adria brothers … [and] this time Albert Adria is in command in Eixample, offering a taste of the past in the form of spherico olives and 'essence of sea' air on navajas (razor clams)," she said.
"It's the very antithesis of po-faced dining rooms: joyful, irreverent, verging on fantastical."
People visiting Barcelona on a solo holiday will find that the region has a historical, political and cultural autonomy that makes it different from many regions of Spain.