Story: Street life

Pie cart (1st of 3)

Pie cart

Patrons enjoy an early evening drink at Christchurch’s Hereford Street pie cart, around 1952. The pie cart (usually actually a caravan) succeeded the coffee cart as the night owl’s eatery, and by the 1930s was a fixture in most cities. It served steaming mugs of tea and coffee, and the standard fare was ‘pie, pea and pud’ (mashed potato).

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Canterbury Museum, Ritchie Collection
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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Street life - Street trade and people, 1915–2008', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010