If you love a top-level dining experience in Auckland, chances are you have been to one of Clare and Joost van den Bergs restaurants.  From the iconic Odettes Eatery to Hugo’s Bistro, Zus & Zo through to their latest venture, Daphne’s Taverna in Ponsonby, this talented husband and wife duo continuously raise the bar in the hospitality scene.

Here at Maman we have long been inspired by Clare as a restaurateur, interior designer and mother.   Her impeccable curation of spaces across hospitality, commercial and residential amaze us with their uniqueness and charm. Clare’s ability to combine textures, timelessness and luxury into a space has us in awe at every turn.  No more so than at Daphnes Taverna, a modern Greek Bar Taverna recently opened in the heart of Ponsonby.

As a Mum of two, Harvey Rush (6) and Marni Rae (1), Clare seamlessly moves between managing family life with her current businesses and future ventures.  Truly a family woman, it is no surprise that her support network is her dearest and nearest who constantly support her with love, wisdom and the odd school pick up!

The Maman team visited Clare at Daphne’s on its third day of opening and were privileged to shoot Clare in all her working mum, business owner, interior designer glory!   Clare’s ability to juggle everything so calmly and thoughtfully is inspiring to watch.  We truly believe it is as much Clare’s personality as the beautiful hospitality experiences she creates that have people coming back time and time again.


 Introducing Clare van den Berg

Restaurateur and Interior Designer 

Location: Daphnes Taverna, Ponsonby, Auckland
Photographer: Jono Parker
Styling: Clare van den Berg