This article discusses the tourist gaze on the aspects of local lives in a historical district, particularly their types, their meanings for visitors, and modes of contact with these aspects. The observations in this article suggest that tourists may wish to go beyond marked tourist spaces and experience the genuine and unexpected features of local lives. The modes of tourists' contacts with such phases, which range from simply witnessing to interacting, are also highlighted with reference to perceived uncertainty and the possible triggers of these modes. Relationships between the tourist gaze on local lives and repeat visits are also suggested. This article has laid some milestones for future studies to look into tourists’ autonomy in the formation of their touring experiences and the relationships between local living spaces and tourists.