With husband David, the former Spice Girl enjoys an extravagant day in the French capital

By Courtney Rubin and Peter Mikelbank
Updated April 19, 2007 01:30 PM
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For the second year in a row, Victoria Beckham celebrated her birthday with a shopping spree and a gourmet dinner in Paris.

Beckham and husband David arrived in the City of Light on Tuesday, the day Beckham turned 33, and headed straight to the Christian Louboutin boutique, where she tried on several pairs of shoes, but bought only one.

Next, it was off to Azzedine Alaia, where she bought a few pieces. “She has quite a lot of Mr. Alaia’s dresses already,” a source tells PEOPLE.

The Beckhams also stopped at a trendy Paris boutique, Colette, where they picked up a videocamera.

After the shopping spree, they headed to the Ritz, where they were staying in a $6,000-a-night suite known as Audrey Hepburn’s favorite, to change into their evening clothes.

The couple emerged just before 10 p.m., David in the three-piece gray suit he wore to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s rehearsal dinner in Italy in November, and the birthday girl in a sleeveless black mini-dress with $672 Yves Saint Laurent red suede Tribute pumps and a Christian Louboutin clutch bag

By then it was time for the second part of the birthday: a dinner with 10 friends at the three-star restaurant Guy Savoy on the Rue Troyon, next to the Arc de Triomphe. In a private dining room, the group celebrated the birthday girl with a sampling of the restaurant’s signature dishes. “There was champagne and different wines served with each course,” a restaurant staffer tells PEOPLE.

The eight-course menu included an appetizer of small peas, then a lightly seared tuna with asparagus and white truffle, sea bass, Brittany lobster, an artichoke soup with black truffles, veal, cheese and two desserts – including a chocolate fondant with pralines and chicory cream sauce. (Cost for the dinner per person: $340, not including wine.

“Looking a little off her feet,” an observer tells PEOPLE, Victoria and David headed back to the hotel at 1 a.m., and left Paris by private plane at sunrise, five hours later.