Afternoon Tea & Snacks / COVID closed / Places in Manchester

Sugar Junction NQ

Updated 3rd September 2020

My favourite place in Manchester to have cake is Sugar Junction in the Northern Quarter. I’ve been going for years and having been to other places, I find myself coming back here each time. Here, I will share with you the reasons why I love this place so much.


Sugar Junction table setting
The wallpaper inside Sugar Junction
Lighting inside Sugar Junction

The inside of Sugar Junction is a homage to the 50s with its wood furniture, vintage lighting and decor. The plates, teapots and teacups are a varied mishmash of different sets, but this lends a certain charm to the place. I smile when I get a nice looking teacup.

The Teas

Sugar Junction is a tea room and they do have a decent variety including their own Northern Quarter blend, which I thoroughly recommend if you want a black tea that’s smooth with a hint of caramel. Other favourites of mine include Cherries are a Girl’s Best Friend and Nuts about Tea. The former has green sencha tea as its base, with the additon of rose petals, cocoa shells and cherry flavour. The latter has a Sri Lankan black tea with a marzipan aroma, containing almond and vanilla extract.

The Cakes

Raspberry and white chocolate, honey, pistachio and orange, blueberry and lemon

Now, Sugar Junction does have a breakfast and lunch menu, but what really shines are their cakes. Each day, there are different cakes on the counter and what I really love about these cakes is the fact that none of them is heavy with frosting. Some of them are even surprisingly lighter than you would think! I also like the variety of cakes they have, there’s never a boring choice.

Each slice of cake is £4.50, but you can also get a cake platter of any 3 slices for £10.95! I usually come in here with a friend and together we share a cake platter. It basically boils down to the fact that if we each have our own slice, we can get one more for £1.95, and then the maths just makes sense… so does my stomach.

Overall rating and comments

9/10, -1 for their afternoon tea. They don’t serve finger sandwiches as part of this, instead, you get mini baps/bun. I think this is a staple that should not be messed with for a traditional afternoon tea. Aside from this, I can’t fault this place. It can be hard to find as it’s not on the main road like Thomas Street or Oldham Street, but I like that it’s a (somewhat) hidden treasure. If anything, the place has improved each time I’ve returned, as there are now cakes available to purchase right up to the end of the evening (they close at 8 pm!) and you can even get these to go!

Would visit again?

Yes, again and again, and again!


Address: 60 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG


  • Old Fashioned Susie
    7th March 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Big fan of Sugar Junction- I do wish they’d branch out into vegan cakes though!

    • Elsa Eats
      7th March 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Hmm yes, that would be the next step. It’s probably limited to the bakers who supply their cakes. Maybe a friendly suggestion next time you pop in?

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    8th March 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I have never had the afternoon tea there, but they have the best cakes in Manchester for sure.

    • Elsa Eats
      9th March 2017 at 9:09 am

      Glad to hear you agree! 😀


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